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: Sunday Football in Preston

Football display in Discover Preston

Wednesday 04 March

Taste of the Harris
Our 'spotlight on' case in the Discover Preston gallery tells the story of amateur football in Preston.
We're delighted to welcome special guest, Eamonn McNamara, Sunday League Chairman, to talk about Sunday Football in Preston.

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 04 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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Talk: Challenges in Conserving Costume Collections (18th-20th century fashions)

Fashions from the Harris' collection

Thursday 05 March

Explore the Harris
Join Kathryn Rogerson, our Decorative Art Curator as she looks at how we store large 18th century dresses, how to care for damaged silks and lace from the 19th Century, and issues caused by industrial progress during the 20th-21st Century – from beaded flapper dresses to PVC 60s boots!

It’s a rare chance to see a variety of pieces from our collection not usually on display and learn about how the materials and production processes from different eras of clothing changed over time.

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

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Pass on a Poem

Lemn Sissay by Madeleine Waller © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Wednesday 11 March

Special event
Have you got a poem you would like to share? As part of the Picture the Poet exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, this is your chance to share a favourite poem that means something to you in a friendly and relaxed environment...or simply come along and enjoy the range of poetry on offer.


About Pass on a Poem
Pass on a Poem is a national initiative that aims to entertain and to create enthusiasm for poetry. It brings people together to read out loud published poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why.

Pass on a Poem readings open and reopen people's eyes, ears and hearts to the power of poetry, and to the experiences, feelings and thoughts of others. A remarkable range of subject matter, style and form emerges from the poems chosen.

People of all backgrounds and ages take part, and you don't have to had any previous experience of reading out loud!
So why not submit a poem you would like to share* to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ... or you can simply come and enjoy the range of poetry on offer.

*Please suppy the title and author of the poem, and explain in a sentence why this piece has particular significance for you.

What time? 6-7.15pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Booking is recommended. Book your place via www.litfest.org

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Korova Poetry Night at the Harris

Lemn Sissay by Madeleine Waller © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Wednesday 11 March

Special event
We're delighted that the Korova is showcasing poets from its popular monthly live poetry an open mic night to the Harris for one night only as part of the Picture the Poet exhibition.

Poets performing: Flora Martyr (Host), Vincent Smith, Terry Quinn,
Sarah Miller, Nick Williams, Yvonne Reddick, Maria Isakova Bennett,
Mike Cracknell, Martin Domleo, Giulia Canigiani, Lindsey Holland,
Lorna Smithers, Phil Howard, and David Borrott.

What time? 7.30-9.30pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? tbc.

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What's in the Box?

Shoes from the Harris Collection

Thursday 12 March

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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Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 12 March

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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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 14 March

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: Picture the Poet

Lemn Sissay by Madeleine Waller © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Wednesday 18 March

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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Tour: The Varieties

Harold Offeh, High Bar, 2015

Friday 20 March

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Join curator of the contemporary art exhibition, The Varieties for an insight into some of the artists and works featured in the show. The tour is signed using British Sign Language, but is suitable for everyone to enjoy!

What time? 1-2pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Apples and Snakes presents: Picture the Poet Live

Lemn Sissay by Madeleine Waller © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Friday 20 March

Special event
Apples and Snakes, the leading organisation for the performance of poetry in England is proud to present Picture the Poet Live - an evening of live poetry including a headline poet whose portrait is featured in the exhibition.

What time? 7-9.30pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? tbc.

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World Poetry Day

Lemn Sissay by Madeleine Waller © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Saturday 21 March

Special event
Poetry performances and activities for all ages to celebrate World Poetry Day ... and our Picture the Poet exhibition from the National Portrait gallery!

What time? 11am-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Mehfil and Mushaira: Gujurati Poetry

Lemn Sissay by Madeleine Waller © Madeleine Waller / National Portrait Gallery, London

Monday 23 March

Special event
Love & Etiquette present the third concert in their Mehfil and Mushaira series, welcoming Qawali for an evening of Gujurati poetry and music to complement our Picture the Poet exhibition.

What time? 5.30-7pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, places are limited, text 07870 100590 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Saturday 28 March

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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The Varieties Show

Harold Offeh, High Bar, 2015

Saturday 28 March

Special event
Join us for a very special contemporary art variety show featuring performances from artists featured in The Varieties, talks, and a high bar gymnast in action!

What time? 1-5pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? tbc.

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This week's events

Thurs 26th, 2-2.45pm
Scent Bottle Tour

Fri 27th, 1-2pm
Tour: The Varieties (with Audio Description)

Sat 28th, 11-11.40am
Family Egyptian Balcony Tour
Ages 7+ with adult, £1/50p
Book on 01882 905414

Sat 28th, 12.30-1pm
Tour: What Makes Preston Special?

Tues 3rd, 11am-12pm
Little Hands On
Under 5s & carers

Wed 4th, 12.30-1pm
Talk: Sunday Football in Preston

Wed 4th, 2-4pm
Meet the Costume Champions

Thurs 5th, 2-3pm
Talk: Challenges in Conserving Costume Collections

Fri 6th, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
Under 5s & carers

Sat 7th, 1.30-3.30pm
The Potter's Apprentice
Ages 5-12

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