We have over 1200 paintings and sculptures displayed on ArtUK.
Our collections consist of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, costume and textiles, history, photography and digital art. Many of the works of art and historical objects are of regional, national or even international significance.
Learn about the Textile Manufacturers of India, an 18-volume set of fabric sample books put together in 1866 by John Forbes Watson and published by the India Office of the British Government.
Collection Enquiries: The Harris has recently been successful in securing funding for a major refurbishment of our building. This means unfortunately our curators aren’t always able to respond to your enquiries or support research visits to the stores at the moment. Here is some information and resources we hope you will find useful.
From Ancient Greek pottery to the latest in contemporary ceramics.
We have over 6000 items of costume at the Harris. Discover some of our favourites here.
Social history, photographs, archaeology and much more.
The HMP Preston Collection
Preston Street Songs
Staff Collection Picks
Our new monthly collection spotlight series will feature a favourite Harris object for each Harris staff member. Discover our stories…DISCOVER MORE
The Harris has been building its oral history archive through the Memory Maker project. Recent areas of work have included…DISCOVER MORE
The Harris has a remarkable collection of historic books – many of which have been hidden away until now. We…DISCOVER MORE
Metalwork & Ivory
The Harris holds smaller miscellaneous collections such as a small clock and pocket watch collection that includes Preston makers.DISCOVER MORE
The history collections include archaeology, ethnography, coins and medals, and social history as well as quirkier collections such as greetings…DISCOVER MORE
Our art collection was founded in 1883 with Richard Newsham’s bequest to Preston of his remarkable Victorian art collection.DISCOVER MORE
The Harris' photography collection includes regionally significant historic prints. This includes film and glass negatives, slides and photograph albums by…DISCOVER MORE
Fashion & Textiles
The collection is dominated by two large personal collections which can be seen in the Ceramics & Glass Gallery.DISCOVER MORE
The museum’s collection covers everything from Ancient Greek pottery to the latest in contemporary practice.DISCOVER MORE