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.

Archaeological Finds Day

The Poulton Elk in the Discover Preston gallery

Tuesday 4 August

Find out more about the archaeological treasures at the museum and bring in any items you have found for professional identification.

Stuart Noon will be at the session to help identify and record any archaeological finds you would like to bring in (but you don't need to bring in a find to attend the session!).  He can help with pottery, flint, stone, leather and metal objects dating upto 1700AD.

Stuart is a Finds Officer with the Portable Antiquities Scheme which is a national project to encourage people to report archaeological objects that they have found so that they can find out more about them and contribute to the knowledge of the archaeology and history of the place where they live.

For ages? All ages - there will be activities for children and they can bring in their finds too!
Do I need to book in advance? No     
Cost? Free

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Revival Vintage Fair

Clothes from the Harris' collection

Saturday 8 August

Special Event

Dolly Dazzler and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery present the Revival Vintage Fair. Enjoy vintage stalls, music and fun on Market Square as well as talks, tours and activities in the museum based on our vintage collections and new exhibition Style and Substance: Fashion, Society, Change 1880-1930s.  Highlights include Horrockses Fashions, men's accessories, compact history and the chance to make your own tie and rosette. Read on for details and times.


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Special Early Evening Opening

John P. Jenkinson, View of Preston (detail)

Special Event

Thursday 13 August

Visit our top floor galleries, ground floor museum café and stairway area to see three complementary rural-themed exhibitions, and enjoy meeting artists and curators at this special early evening opening.

All welcome.  


What time? 5.30-7.00pm
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 15 August

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? £1.00/50p concessions
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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Remember When ... A Memory Sharing Session

Horrockses dresses in wardrobe

Wednesday 19 August at Preston Central Methodist Church and Olive Grove Cafe

Wednesday 23 September in the Harris Museum's Discover Preston gallery 

Special Event


Remember When ... is a memory sharing session which uses the Harris Museum's collections to help people talk about their lives and Preston’s past, and to share these memories with others. It is open to all adults including those affected by dementia and their carers. The session will include a memory walk around the Discover Preston history gallery (except see August details below) and the opportunity to view and handle objects related to the session topic.


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Drawing in the Gallery

Drawing of Harris Flights

Wednesday 19 August

Explore the Harris
Practice your drawing in the gallery, with some expert guidance if you would like it, based on the exhibition in our temporary galleries.  No need to bring any materials and suitable for all abilities.

What time? 5.15-6.45pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, please email Kyra Milnes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to book your place.


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Tour: A Stroll around the City

War Memorial Market Square

Saturday 22 August


Join us for a history walk around the city centre highlighting some of the reasons why Preston is so special! Head to the museum cafe with us afterwards for a complimentary drink.

What time? 2.00-3.00pm
Cost? £2
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, please book at the shop in person or on 01772 905414.

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Get Hands On with Studio Pottery

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Wednesday 26 August

Explore the Harris
Don't miss this great opportunity to handle studio pottery from the Harris' collection.  This event will be audio-described and is particularly aimed at people with visual impairment but everyone is welcome. Please note that it takes place in the Education Room on the ground floor.

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


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Workshop: Viking Coins

Viking coin from the Cuerdale Hoard

Wednesday 16 September

Explore the Harris

Join our coin expert Matthew Ball to find out how silver coins from the Viking Cuerdale Hoard were made - and have a go at making your own using Viking methods!  The Cuerdale Hoard, found near Preston, is the largest silver Viking hoard ever found outside Russia.  You can see items from the hoard, on loan from the British Museum, in our Discover Preston gallery.


Part of the Money Matters project to better catalogue, interpret and display our coin collections, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund and Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

What time? 2.00-3.00pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Opening hours:

Mon                    11am - 5pm
Tues – Sat          10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays

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This week's events


Tues 4 Aug,11am-12noon

Little Hands On
For under 5s and carers
Drop in, FREE


Tues 4 Aug, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris
Ages 5-12
Drop in, FREE


Tues 4 Aug, 1.30-3.30pm
Archaeological Finds Day
Bring your finds in for identification!
Drop in, FREE


Wed 5 August, 1.30–3.30pm
Wonderful Wednesdays
Ages 5 -12
Drop in, FREE


Thur 6 August,10.30am-12.30pm
Arty Explorers
Create your own Time 4 Tea Masterpiece
Ages 5-12
Drop in, FREE


Fri 7 August, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
Under 5s and carers
Drop in, FREE


Sat 8 Aug, 10am-5pm
Revival Vintage Fair
Drop in, FREE

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