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.

Tour: The Harris - An Architectural Gem!

Photo of outside of the Harris building

Saturday 12 September

For Heritage Open Days
Find out more about the fascinating architecture and history of the striking Grade 1 listed Harris building which houses our fabulous collections. Part of Heritage Open Days in Preston.  For ages 10+.

What time? 12 noon
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Visit the Egyptian Balcony

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 12 September

For Heritage Open Days
See a part of the Harris not usually open to the public as part of this year's Heritage Open Days in Preston. Your chance to travel to the top of the building and see John Somerscales' impressive friezes that adorn the Egyptian balcony.  If you are unable to walk up the steps to the balcony or would just like to learn more about it, we are also holding 'Virtual' Egyptian balcony tours.

What time? Balcony open 1.00pm - 3.00pm (ages 7+).  Virtual tours at 1.00pm and 2.00pm (ages 10+)
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in.

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Workshop: Viking Coins

Viking coin from the Cuerdale Hoard

Wednesday 16 September

Explore the Harris

Join our coin expert Matthew Ball to find out how silver coins from the Viking Cuerdale Hoard were made - and have a go at making your own using Viking methods!  The Cuerdale Hoard, found near Preston, is the largest silver Viking hoard ever found outside Russia.  You can see items from the hoard, on loan from the British Museum, in our Discover Preston gallery.


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

What time? 2.00-3.00pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in

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Remember When ... A Memory Sharing Session

Horrockses dresses in wardrobe

Wednesday 23 September 

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 including 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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Opening hours:

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

Please note Harris Library hours
are different:

FREE entry

This week's events


Thur 3 Sept, 2.00-2.45pm
Tour: An Architectural Gem
FREE, Drop in


Fri 4 Sept, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
Under 5s and carers
FREE, Drop in


Sat 5 Sept, 1.30-3.30pm
Scent Bottle Treasure Hunt
Ages 5-12
FREE, Drop in



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