Professor Amanda Vickery to open Discover Preston gallery

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is thrilled that historian, writer, and broadcaster, Professor Amanda Vickery will officially open the new Heritage Lottery Funded history gallery, Discover Preston on
Friday 17 August at 2pm.

Photo of Amanda VickeryWe are delighted that Amanda (pictured left) will be joining Guild Mayor, Carl Crompton to officially open the Discover Preston gallery on the eve of the First Guild Proclamation - the start of the Guild celebrations. 

Discover Preston celebrates the national and international importance of Preston's history and is set to be an enduring legacy of the 2012 Guild.

Made possible by an award of £1.18m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus generous donations from trusts, our own charity, Friends of the Harris, and private donors, the new gallery tells the stories of inspirational Prestonians who did extraordinary things and takes a look back at significant events in Preston's past.

With new collections on display for the first time, old favourites restored and new stories to be told, it's time to take a fresh look at Preston's'll be amazed at what you'll find!
For more information about what's in the gallery, download the Guide to Discover Preston.

We are particularly pleased that Amanda can join us as this will be a home-coming for her - she was born and raised in Preston. Growing up in this historic mill town fostered her love of social and economic history, and began her fascination with work and family, power and emotion. Life in a cotton town also inspired a life-long love of clothes.

She has recently been appointed Professor of Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London and lectures on British social, political and cultural history.

Amanda reviews for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review, Front Row and Woman's Hour. She writes and presents history documentaries for television and radio, with her new, 6-part BBC Radio 4 series, Amanda Vickery On ... Men currently broadcasting on Mondays at 9am & 9.30pm.

She is also a prize-winning author of The Gentleman's Daughter (Yale University Press, 1998) and
Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (Yale University Press, 2009).

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Discover Preston has been made possible by the generous support of:

Heritage Lottery Fund
Arts Council England 
Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Preston City Council
Harris Free Public Library & Museum Endowment Trust
The Monument Trust
Foyle Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
English Heritage
Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund
Harold & Alice Bridges Charity
Preston Historical Society, and
Private donors.



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