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.

Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 7 January

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 8 January

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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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 10 January

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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Talk: The Rossall Hoard

Wednesday 14 January

Get a chance to get up close to the Rossall Hoard of 388 Roman silver coins.
Handle real coins from the hoard, while hearing from the curator about their history and the mystery of their discovery.

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

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Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 15 January

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: Bringing Pauline to Life

Sir James Gunn, Pauline in the Yellow Dress 1944

Saturday 17 January

A Taste of the Harris
Join us for a tour of our special exhibition in the Fine Art gallery to celebrate
70 years at the Harris of the paint70 Years of Pauline logoing,
Pauline in the Yellow Dress by Sir James Gunn. 
This tour focuses on Sir James Gunn's practice; how he captured her likeness and the development of his technique throughout his career.



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

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Tour: Behind the Scenes exhibition

Clothes from the Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 21 January

A Taste of the Harris
Join us for a tour of the Behind the Scenes: The Secret Life of Clothes exhibition with an introduction on how we care and conserve our costume and textile collections, plus insight into some of the fascinating items on display.

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

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Talk: Deconstructing the Yellow Dress

Sir James Gunn, Pauline in the Yellow Dress 1944

Thursday 22 January

Explore the Harris
Join our Decorative Art curator plus  her special guest for a closer look at Pauline’s yellow dress.
70 Years of Pauline logo
Preston-based designer Rebecca UK will consider fabric, style and construction of the dress – this is a chance to get a real insight into the bespoke design process!



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

 

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Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Saturday 24 January

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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Talk: Time for Tea with Clarice Cliff

Wednesday 04 February

Taste of the Harris Talk
We will be looking at our new acquisition: Clarice Cliffs’ Gibraltar tea set from 1932. Discover how Clarice turned unwanted stock at Newport Potteries into a sensational must have!

This will be a brief introduction into the journey of Clarice Cliffs’ career, looking at her creative processes and how a woman became so success in a predominantly male industry.

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

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Tour: Picture the Poet

Wednesday 28 January

A Taste of the Harris Tour
Join us for a tour of our new photography exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery and discover the faces of poets working today.

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 4 February

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: Pauline-Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Sir James Gunn, Pauline in the Yellow Dress 1944

Wednesday 11 February

A Taste of the Harris
Join us for a tour of our special exhibition in the Fine Art gallery to celebrate
70 years at the Harris of the paint70 Years of Pauline logoing,
Pauline in the Yellow Dress by Sir James Gunn. 

Pauline had a great eye for fashion! This tour explores Pauline's fashion sense through the artworks on display (don't forget, you can see the actual yellow dress worn in the painting in all its glory.)



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 12 February

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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Meet the Costume Champions

Items from Behind the Scenes exhibition

Wednesday 4 March

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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This week's events

Christmas & New Year Opening
Wed 24th   10am-2pm
Thurs 25th CLOSED
Fri 26th      CLOSED
Sat 27th     10am-5pm
Sun 28th    CLOSED
Mon 29th   11am-5pm
Tues 30th   10am-5pm
Wed 31st    10am-5pm
Thurs 1st    CLOSED
Fri 2nd       10am-5pm

Fri 2nd Jan, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
Under 5s & carers

Tue 6th, 11am-12pm
Little Hands On
Under 5s & carers

Sat 10th, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris
Ages 5-12

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