Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

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Whether you're interested in art, history, fashion or ceramics and glass, we have a wide variety of talks, tours and workshops on offer.

Look out for talks by special guests as well as Harris experts, chances to handle museum collections or make something special in our Makerspace and to explore our Egyptian Balcony.

Click here for details of events coming up.

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.

Makerspace

What will you make?

Makerspace is a space to make and mend, improve and embellish, and have a go at contemporary craft or digital endeavours. It is a shared workshop and meeting point where art, technology, craft and design are invited to converge. Makers, fixperts, artists, 'hackers' and crafters of all kinds are invited to come along and get involved. We have exciting events that vary from dress making to drone hacking.

The Makerspace is also open for use by groups that are already up and running as well as those just starting out.

Tickets are FREE but please book to avoid disapointment as places are limited. 

Find out more and book your place here  

 

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Cotton - Dance Performance

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Saturday 21 January
11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm

Special - Live Dance by AbouTime Dance Company

AbouTime Dance Company present Cotton, a new dance theatre work exploring cotton production, showing at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm. It brings together a new company of professional dancers alongside students from Cardinal Newman College. Artistic lead, Jenny Reeves, invites audience members to offer feedback and ideas for future development.

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Lessons from Lancashire's Past? Dirty Old Towns

Operating the fly frame at Horrockses Mill, c. 1950

Wednesday 25 January
6.00-7.30pm

Dr Stephen Caunce – Dirty Old Towns: Understanding the 
historic foundations of prosperity in Northern England

Join us for the first of three events, exploring the past, present and future of Lancashire.

Modern Lancashire is in a state of flux. While some areas of the north, such as Manchester, have seen tremendous economic growth, others are struggling. What lessons can we learn from what historians have called ‘the first industrial society’? What is the future for Lancashire? What can policy makers learn from historians?

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ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed

Martin Creed, Work No. 960, 2008 an installation of 13 cacti

Exhibition Preview
Thursday 26 January
6.00-8.00pm (Speeches 6.15pm)


Martin Creed is one of the most influential and exciting British artists today, who uses sculpture, neon, painting, video and performance. Awarded the Turner Prize in 2001, he was also chosen to welcome the 2012 London Olympics with a UK-wide bell-ringing performance, from Big Ben to bicycle bells.

Join us and be among the first to see some works shown for the first time outside of London.

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Harris Live

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Every Wednesday in February & March 2017
7.30-9.00pm (Doors open 7.00pm)

Join us every Wednesday evening for Harris Live when we’ll host a different music act each week, with something for all tastes from good-time blues to community singing.

Acts include up and coming local bands and singers, Mike Smith's Ginger Tunes Quartet (soul/jazz), Price of my Pig (celidh), Tipitina (rhythm and blues, barrelhouse and gospel), The Swing Commanders (boogie woogie, 40s classics and 50s jump jazz), One Voice Community Choir (gospel and contemporary inspirational) and Preston Musical Comedy Society (light opera and songs from the musicals).

 

 

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Still Life Drawing Workshop with George Melling

Still Life by George Melling

Sunday 12 February
12.00 - 3.00pm

Led by Harris Open 2015 winner George Melling.  Workshop will include time for warm up sketches and at least one drawing. No experience necessary and experimentation with mixed media welcome.  George will lead the session but you are welcome to respond to the still life he will set up in your own way.
Open to artists of all abilities and all ages. 

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Lessons from Lancashire's Past? Demon Drink?

Blue Ribbon Army gospel temperance pledge

Wednesday 22 February
6.00-7.30pm

Dr Annemarie McAllister - Demon Drink? Alcohol-related issues in Lancashire past and present

Join us for the second of three events, exploring the past, present and future of Lancashire.

Modern Lancashire is in a state of flux. While some areas of the north, such as Manchester, have seen tremendous economic growth, others are struggling. What lessons can we learn from what historians have called ‘the first industrial society’? What is the future for Lancashire? What can policy makers learn from historians?

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Lessons from Lancashire's Past? Mass Migration

Obelisk in Preston's Market Square, 1846

Wednesday 29 March
6.00-7.30pm

Dr Lewis Darwen – Mass migration in a time of crisis:
Lancashire and the Irish Famine 1847-1848

Join us for the last of three events, exploring the past, present and future of Lancashire.

Modern Lancashire is in a state of flux. While some areas of the north, such as Manchester, have seen tremendous economic growth, others are struggling. What lessons can we learn from what historians have called ‘the first industrial society’? What is the future for Lancashire? What can policy makers learn from historians?

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