Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

friends01Whether you're interested in art, history, fashion or ceramics and glass, we have a wide variety of talks, tours and workshops on offer!

Choose from:
A Taste of the Harris - bite-sized lunchtime introductions to the Harris collections, art styles, history and more. Selected Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12.30pm (30 minutes),

Explore ... In-depth talks, tours and workshops. Look out for talks by special guests as well as Harris experts. Most Thursdays and/or selected Saturdays, from 2pm. (45 minutes - 2 hours)

Specials -
extend your knowledge of art or history with talks from academics, historians or artists, or celebrate auspicious dates/festivals at one of our takeover days.

Group Tours - We can also arrange an exclusive tour especially for your group for which there is a small charge.  Please contact Steve Walker on 01772 906194 to find out more.

Talk: Lucie Rie: Studio Potter

Lucy Rie at work

Wednesday 29 April

A Taste of the Harris talk

Artist Lucie Rie's life story is truly inspirational. After fleeing from Austria due to Nazi invasion, Rie turned to craft, making ceramic buttons and jewellery just to make ends meet.

After the Second World War, Rie continued experimenting with ceramics and began to move in the same circles as artists such as Hans Coper and Bernard Leach. Rie’s sensitive choice of colour and shape gave her work an almost timeless quality which is highly sought after today.

We will be exploring her influences and techniques, particularly within her work currently on display at the Harris.

What time? 12.30-1pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Women's Football in Preston

Football display in Discover Preston gallery

Thursday 30 April

Explore the Harris

Join Gail Newsham, Dick, Kerrs Ladies historian, author of In A League of Their Own! (and self-confessed biggest Dick, Kerrs Ladies fan ever!) for a very special talk about the history of The Dick, Kerr Ladies 1917-1965, Football's best kept secret!

What time? 2-3pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Tour: Contemporary Art exhibitions

Lucy Beech, Me and Mine 2015

Wednesday 6 May

A Taste of the Harris
Join our Contemporary Art Curator for a guided tour of our two new exhibitions, Lucy Beech: Me and Mine and Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp.


What time? 12.30-1pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?No, just drop in

 

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Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 6 May

Explore the Harris

Always wondered what Harris volunteers do? This is your chance to meet our costume volunteers and join in with their work by padding a hanger. You can also find out more about the textile care projects on display in the
Behind the Scenes exhibition.

Ideal for anyone with an interest in how musuems care for collections and the Harris' fashion collection, and students (of all ages!) of fashion, costume and museum studies.

Any local artists or students who wish to draw from the collection are welcome to join us – pencils and paper can be provided.

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 9 May

Explore the Harris
See a part of the Harris not usually open to the public! This is your chance to travel to the top of the building and see John Somerscales' impressive friezes that adorn the Egyptian balcony and find out about how they ended up in the Harris!


What time? 2-2.45pm
Cost? FREE
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414 or book your place at the museum shop.
Suitable for?Ages 12+

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Tour: Behind the Scenes exhibition

Clothes from the Harris' collection

Wednesday 13 May

A Taste of the Harris

If you're fascinated by the conservation techniques used to look after clothes, or curious about how museums preserve their collections for future generations, then join us for this guided tour of our fashion and textiles exhibition, Behind the Scenes: The Secret Life of Clothes.

What time? 12.30-1pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Talk: Jane Brocket on Quilting

Quilt by Jane Brocket

Wednesday 13 May

Special event

Jane Brocket has made a name for herself blogging and writing about her unique brand of relaxed, colourful domesticity which includes quilting, knitting, cakes, tulips, books, films, and art.  Jane is the author of fifteen books on a variety of creative and cultural themes.  

She will be talking about her relaxed quilting philosophy and will illustrate her talk with quilts she has made. Our Curator of Decorative Art will also be on hand to make links with quilts in the Harris collection.

Jane’s two quilting books, The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking and Quilt Me! focus on a liberated, unstuffy, colourful approach to quilting using inspirational fabrics and simple shapes and patterns to create stunning effects.

She uses cotton quilting fabrics but also moves into a new realm of alternative fabrics that can be used to make beautiful, practical, usable quilts, exploring the many possibilities that traditional fabrics offer, fabrics such as poplin, ticking, linen, gingham, tweed, tartan, suiting, shirting, velvet, silk and calico.

Jane articulates the excitement of rummaging through fabrics, ways to make the most of what is in traditional fabric shops, and the value and importance of our textile heritage. 
You can see her blog here: http://www.yarnstorm.blogs.com/

Jane is now writing a series of guide books to towns and cities with outstanding art galleries, the first of which is The Grand Provincial Tour Guide to Preston.  This new book will be available at this event (£7.99), along with signed copies of Jane’s book Quilt Me! for cash sales only at the special price of £15 (usually £20).

What time? 2-3.30pm
Cost? £5 (£3 Friends of the Harris) including tea/coffee on arrival
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414 to book your place

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What's in the Box?

Shoes from the Harris Collection

Thursday 14 May

Explore ...

Every month, meet us on the 2nd floor balcony to discover what's in the box! The Harris' Decorative Art Curator will bring out a selection of boxes from the museum store ... there could be some surprises as some of the boxes may not have been opened for some time!

Get an insight into the work of a curator;  help us investigate, condition check and document the treasures contained in the boxes and learn some of the 'tricks of the trade' in storing and repacking the boxes correctly.

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? FREE
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Late Night & Sunday Opening Weekend

The Harris at night

Friday 15 May to Sunday 17 May

Special Event

To celebrate the Best of Britannia show taking place in Preston over the weekend of the 15-17 May,  

Especially for Museums at Night, the Harris will come alive after hours for a night of performancesMuseums at Night logo, workshops, fun and general mayhem on Friday 15 May. Refreshments, including a pay bar will be available, so start the weekend in style in our fabulous Grade 1 listed building!

Also, FOR ONE SUNDAY ONLY, lose yourself in great art and history as we throw open the doors of the galleries on Sunday 17 May from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Come and visit our stall at the Best of Britannia Pop-Up Department Store in Preston's Old Post Office all weekend where you'll be able to see some of our Horrockses Fashions textiles and say hello to our staff and volunteers. 

Keep checking back for more announcements of what's on nearer the time!

What time? Extra opening from 5-9pm on Friday 15th and
11am-4pm on Sunday 17th May
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Scent Bottle tour

Scent Bottle Collection

Saturday 16 May

A Taste of the Harris
Find out more about Mrs French, scent bottle collector extraordinaire, and some of the 2,700 bottles she collected!

What time? 12.30-1pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Art Tour: Paintings You Might Pass By

Fine Art Gallery at the Harris

Wednesday 20 May

A Taste of the Harris
In this free, guided tour of our art galleries,  this time take a closer look at a selection of paintings on the 2nd floor balcony, including Tristram Hillier’s Somerset Landscape.

What time? 12.30-1pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Saturday 23 May

A Taste of the Harris

Join us for a free tour of our history gallery, Discover Preston, and find out what makes our city unique and innovative.

What time? 12.30-1pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Get Hands On with Sculpture

A sculpture from the collection

Thursday 28 May

Explore the Harris
Don't miss this rare opportunity to handle sculpture from the Harris' collection including, Artist in a Storm Cap by Jacob Epstein, and explore the processes involved in casting bronzes.


What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?No, just drop in

 

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Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 3 June

Explore the Harris

Always wondered what Harris volunteers do? This is your chance to meet our costume volunteers and join in with their work by padding a hanger. You can also find out more about the textile care projects on display in the
Behind the Scenes exhibition.

Ideal for anyone with an interest in how musuems care for collections and the Harris' fashion collection, and students (of all ages!) of fashion, costume and museum studies.

Any local artists or students who wish to draw from the collection are welcome to join us – pencils and paper can be provided.

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Art Detective: Beattie's Paintings

John Horrocks by Robert Beattie

Thursday 4 June

Special event
Do you know every inch of Preston? Could you help us identify the places in Preston that Beattie painted? If so, drop in between 2pm and 4pm and help us solve a mystery also improve our collection records!

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Tour: Contemporary Art exhibitions

Lucy Beech, Me and Mine 2015

Thursday 4 May

Explore the Harris
Join our Contemporary Art Curator for a guided tour of our two new exhibitions, Lucy Beech: Me and Mine and Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp.


What time? 2-2.45pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?No, just drop in

 

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Performance: Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson

Lucy Beech

Saturday 6th June

Special Event at Preston Guild Hall

Beech and Thomasson perform a newly commissioned movement-based work that responds to the vast space of Preston’s Guild Hall.  Working with a group of local performers, Beech and Thomasson explore what is implied by presenting intimacy in public.  

Their collaborative work is characterised by choreographed group activities that often involve the live construction of sound. At the centre is an exploration of how performance is initiated in non-theatrical environments as a tool for working through everyday problems and experiences.  www.lucybeechandedwardthomasson.co.uk

Part of the Dance First, Think Later contemporary art programme.

 

Where? Preston Guild Hall
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance?  No, just drop in any time

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What's in the Box?

Spider scent bottle from the Harris' collection

Thursday 11 June

Explore ...

Every month, meet us on the 2nd floor balcony to discover what's in the box! The Harris' Decorative Art Curator will bring out a selection of boxes from the museum store ... there could be some surprises as some of the boxes may not have been opened for some time!

Get an insight into the work of a curator;  help us investigate, condition check and document the treasures contained in the boxes and learn some of the 'tricks of the trade' in storing and repacking the boxes correctly.

This month is a scent bottle special edition of What's in the Box - your chance to hold and examine some of our extraordinary scent bottles!

What time? 2-4pm
Cost? FREE
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Dying Matters

Victorian Mourning Brooch

Saturday 13 June

Special event

To complement our current solo exhibition by Lucy Beech, featuring her new film, Me and Mine, following a female undertaker as she negotiates her way through the changing landscape of the traditional funeral business, we present a day of talks, tours and workshops looking at the rituals of death past and present, plus some practical guidance on preparing for one of the things guaranteed in life (and we don't mean taxes!)

TALKS:

Back to Black: The Complex Rituals of Victorian Mourning
11am – 12pm Discover Preston Gallery
From horse-drawn hearse to widow's weeds, we lift the veil on cryptic customs shrouding a Victorian death.'
Dr Amanda Draper is a freelance curator with over 15 years experience of working with museum collections including the Harris'. Her PhD is a study of mourning in Victorian art.

Why Everyone should make a Will and How to leave your very own Legacy
12 noon – 12.45pm Discover Preston Gallery
Anna Marie Knipe, Associate Solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law will dispel the myths about making a Will and Hilary Machell from the Harris Museum & Art Gallery will talk about how the museum could benefit from even a small gift.

The Sudden Rising of the Nile
1pm & 3pm Fine Art Gallery
Find out more about this remarkable history painting with our expert guide.

What Makes a Dead Good Funeral?
1.45pm-2.45pm Discover Preston gallery
Sue Gill will cover this topic with a presentation concerning aspects of unique ceremonies, showing how the practice has moved on with natural burial sites and how to find them.

TOURS:

How the Egyptians dealt with Death
2pm, Egyptian Balcony
Visit John Somerscales’ murals at the top of the Harris to find out more about the Ancient Egyptians thoughts and beliefs surrounding death and how it influenced their religion and culture.

Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414. Please note that places are limited.


STALLS:

Preston Cemetery-Past and Present
1pm-3pm 1st Floor
Join Julie Knifton to find out more about the people buried there and the clues left behind by the Victorians.

Meet the Friends of the Harris
11am-2pm 1st Floor
Anna Marie Knipe, Associate Solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law and her colleague Rosemary Johns will be available with the Friends of the Harris for an hour before and after their talk (see below) to answer questions and give informal guidance.


WORKSHOPS:

Hands on History
1.30-3.30pm Discover Preston Gallery
For families, drop in free
Based on Victorian mourning item


Tracing Your Ancestors
2.00-2.30pm, Community History Library, 1st Floor
A window on wills, burials, obituaries and inquest reports with Claire Sutton from the Community Heritage team
Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414.
Please note that places are limited. 10 places


What Makes a Dead Good Funeral?
3.00pm-4.00pm
Following on from the What Makes A Dead Good Funeral presentation, this workshop will be an opportunity for questions and discussion and an invitation to spend some time generating ideas, with guidance, and noting your own funeral wishes and preferences.

Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414.
Please note that places are limited. 20 places

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Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 18 June

Explore the Harris

Find out more about the fascinating architecture and history of the striking Grade 1 listed Harris building which houses our fabulous collections.

What time? 2-2.45pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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This week's events

 

Sat 25th, 11-11.40am
Family Egyptian Balcony Tour
Ages 7+ with an adult,
£1/50p call 01772 905414

Sat 25th, 12.30-1pm
Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Wed 29th, 12.30-1pm
Talk: Lucy Rie - Studio Potter

 

Thur 30th, 2-3pm
Talk: Women's Football in Preston

 

Fri 1st, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
For under 5s and their carers

 

Sat 2nd, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris
For ages 5-12

 

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