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.

Artists' Portfolio Reviews & Artists' Talks

Sovay Berriman, Entertainment Suite, 2010-ongoing

Saturday 4 July

Two Special Events with artists
Ruth Claxton and 
Sovay Berriman

Free Porfolio Reviews for Artists at 1.00pm and 1.45pm
See below for booking information

Free Artists' Talk and Discussion from 3.00 - 5.00pm
BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE

 

Our portfolio review sessions are a great opportunity to talk about your practice to a nationally renowned artist who can give you advice and critical feedback on you, your practice and your career path.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your portfolio session including your preferred artist, time slot and a couple of sentences on how this would benefit your practice. Portfolio sessions are free.

Following the portfolio reviews, at 3.00pm Sovay Berriman and Ruth Claxton will give public presentations about their work.  Both are featured in our current exhibition Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp which uses a work by British pop artist Richard Hamilton as a starting point. BOOK FOR THE TALK HERE

These events are part of the Dance First, Think Later contemporary art programme at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

 

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 4 July

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


Wednesdays 15 July and 19 August

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 but is particularly aimed at 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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Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Thursday 16 July

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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Viking Treasures

Roman coin

Saturday 18 July

Special Festival of Archaeology Event
at the Museum of Lancashire

Join our coin curator, Matt Ball, as he visits the Museum of Lancashire to bring together objects from two of the largest Viking troves ever found, the Silverdale and the Cuerdale Hoards.

Get close up to genuine coins and treasures, including the chance to handle some of the Cuerdale Hoard objects, meet the curators, and hear talks from the experts on the discovery and archaeology of Viking hoards. Spend time with our re-enactors to discover how the Vikings used their money, make your own authentic replica coin, hear Viking stories and get crafty by making your own Cuerdale Hoard bag!

Suitable for the whole family.

What time? 10.30am-4.30pm including:

Craft sessions at 11.00am and 2.00pm

Talks at 11.30am and 3.30pm on the story of the Silverdale Hoard

Viking storytelling at 12.00pm and 3.00pm

Viking coin-maker Grunal the Moneyer tells the secrets of making coins in the Viking era and explains why the Vikings needed them

Talk at 2.00pm on 'Vikings, Treasure & Politics: Historical Context of the Cuerdale Hoard'

Cost? Free

Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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

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Battle of Preston 300th Anniversary

Battle of Preston surrender on Market Square

Saturday 18 July

Special event on Market Square

Living History: The Battle of Preston 1715

See history come alive on Market Square as re-enactors show what happened when Jacobites fought Government forces in the last battle on English soil.  Hand to hand sword fighting took place in the centre of Preston on Market Square on 12th November 1715. Costumed battle re-enactors will be on hand all day to explain the battle and you can also visit their full encampment at Hoghton Tower on Sat 18th and Sun 19th July.

Look out for more Harris events later in the year to commemorate the battle.


What time? 11am-3pm on Sat 18th July on Market Square, Preston, plus encampment at Hoghton Tower on Sat 18th and Sun 19th July
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just come along.

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Knitting Patterns Workshop with Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford logo

Saturday 25 July

Explore

Join our curator and vintage knitting expert Susan Crawford for a special knitting workshop focusing on the knitting patterns of World War I. The event is inspired by our exhibition Style and Substance: Fashion, Society, Change 1880-1930s.  

 

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Revival Vintage Fair

Clothes from the Harris' collection

Saturday 8 August

Explore

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.

 

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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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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

Explore

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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Opening hours:

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


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This week's events

 

Wed 01 July, 5.30-6.30pm
Tour: Lucy Beech: Me and Mine
Open to everyone
Drop in, FREE 

 

Thur 2 July, 2.00-3.00pm
Tour: A Stroll around the City
£2, Booking recommended


Fri 3 July, 10.30-11.00am
Little Hands on Story Time
For under 5s and carers
Drop in, FREE

 

Sat 4 July, 2.00-2.45pm
Egyptian Balcony Tour
£2 Booking recommended
Ages 12+

 

Sat 4 July, 1.00 & 1.45pm
Artists' Portfolio Reviews
Booking essential

 

Sat 4 July, 3.00-5.00pm
Artists' Talks
Sovay Berriman & Ruth Claxton
Drop in, FREE



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