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.

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Saturday 25 October

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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Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 5 November

Explore ...
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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Tour: Marian Clayden's Secrets

Dresses by Marian Clayden

Thursday 6 November

Explore ...
Join Kathryn, the Decorative Art Curator for an in depth look at how Marian created her haute couture fashions. Take a closer look at the construction of some of the garments on show and also get an insight into how we display garments; how we prepare and adapt mannequins to fit the clothes.

What time? 2-2.45pm
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 8 November

Explore ...
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: 70 Years of Pauline at the Harris

Sir James Gunn, Pauline in the Yellow Dress 1944

Wednesday 12 November

A Taste of the Harris
Join our Fine Art Curator for a tour of the new display in the Fine Art Gallery to celebrate 70 years of the much-loved and admired painting, Pauline in the Yellow Dress by Sir James Gunn at the Harris. Your chance to see rarely seen portraits of Pauline from throughout Gunn's career plus the yellow dress worn by Pauline in the painting.


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

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What's in the Box?

Shoes from the Harris Collection

Thursday 13 November
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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Tie-Dyeing Masterclass

Tie-dye silk by Marian Clayden

Saturday 15 November

Join artist, Glennis Hulme for a masterclass in tie-dyeing techniques. Glennis will teach you a variety of tie-dyeing techniques as used by Marian Clayden such as shibori, clamping and resist dyeing.

Use your newly-acquired skills to design and make a patterned silk scarf (with Christmas around the corner, could be the perfect gift!) All abilities welcome - no prior experience required.


 

What time? 12.30-3.30pm
Cost? £25 (£20 for Friends of the Harris)
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, places are limited, call 01772 905414 or book via Eventbrite
Ages? 16+

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Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 20 November

Explore ...
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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Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Saturday 22 November

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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Tour: Pauline - Behind the Smile

Sir James Gunn, Pauline in the Yellow Dress 1944

Wednesday 26 November

A Taste of the Harris
This tour of our special exhibition in the Fine Art gallery to celebrate 70 years at the Harris of the painting, Pauline in the Yellow Dress by Sir James Gunn, looks at the woman behind the paintings, Pauline Gunn - soulmate, model, mother, and muse.

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 3 December

Explore ...
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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What's in the Box?

Shoes from the Harris Collection

Thursday 11 December
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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This week's events

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

Sat 25th, various times from 12pm
Tie-dye workshop
Ages 10-18
£3. Book on 01772 905414

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

Tues 28th, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris: Halloween
Ages 5-12

Wed 29th, 1.30-3.30pm
Wonderful Wednesdays
Ages 5-12

Thurs 30th, 10.30am-12.30pm
Arty Explorers: The Big Draw
Ages 5-12

Thurs 30th, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris: The Big Draw
Ages 5-12

Sat 1st Nov, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris: Bug Watch
Ages 5-12

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