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!

Explore ... In-depth talks, tours and workshops. Look out for talks by special guests as well as Harris experts.

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.

Steph Jones at the Harris

Steph Jones portrait

Wednesday 28 September 

Special - Live Music

Steph Jones is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and pianist. Come along and enjoy her unique style of soulful alternative blues.

Steph has been described by 6 Music as 'one to watch out for', performing many gigs and radio sessions on the Manchester music scene. 


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Fun Palaces at the Harris

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Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2 October

Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist

Join us for fun activities exploring art and science as part of the national Fun Palaces weekend.

Fun Palaces are free, welcoming annual events combining arts and sciences, made for and with local people. The Fun Palaces campaign is an ongoing movement for culture at the heart of our communities.  


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Matthew Wilcock Pottery Demonstration & Talk

Matthew Wilcock with his Great Pottery Thrown Down trophy

Saturday 8 October

Special Event

Join us at the Harris for a unique chance to meet winner of the BBC’s
Great Pottery Throw Down, Matthew Wilcock.

Preston-born Matthew will chat with Dr Chris Mortimer from the Northern Potters Association and demonstrate some of his pottery techniques.  Discover how Matthew first got into ceramics, how he got involved in the  Great Pottery Throw Down – and what direction his career is taking now.  Best of all, see him in action creating pots in the gallery and talking about the practical challenges of his work.


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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 8 October

Explore the Harris
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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Talk: Michael Foreman Painting with Rainbows

Michael Foreman: Illustrator and author

Wednesday 12 October
Special Event
Talk by Michael Foreman

Join us at the Harris for the chance to meet Michael Foreman, one of Britain's best-loved children's authors and illustrators.

Hear about Michael's fifty-year career creating books based on the real stories of his childhood in World War II and his interests in the environment, resolving conflict and celebrating friendship.  Find out more about his engaging, colourful characters and how he creates the magical world of books like War Boy, Moose, The General and Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish.

This event is taking place to complement Michael Foreman: Painting with Rainbows, an exhibition from Seven Stories, on show at the Harris until 6th November 2016



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International Uilleann Pipes Day

Catherine Ashcroft playing Uilleann Pipes in the Harris Museum Cafe

Sat 15 October

Enjoy the music of this most evocative Irish instrument in the museum cafe as part of the fifth worldwide celebration of the Uilleann Pipes. Live performances with tunes from guest pipers (to be confirmed):

Catherine Ashcroft (Kirby Stephen)
Richard Cardwell (Fleetwood)
Simon Doyle (Manchester)
Steve Johnston (Clitheroe)
Tom Walsh (Preston)

and special guest Celia Briar (Lancaster) on Celtic Harp


What time? 12-3pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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