The Harris' photography collection includes regionally significant historic prints, film and glass negatives, slides and photograph albums by amateur and professional photographers that depict life and work in Preston, from local architecture and industry to Preston Guild and studio portraits.
Highlights include Charles Wilson’s photographs of Preston from 1850 to 1853 which are amongst the oldest images of a British town, depicting views of Preston’s historic Market Place, new railway bridges and housing.
In addition, Robert Pateson’s beautiful original albumen prints from the 1860s capture views of Preston, the surrounding area and local events. Local industry photographs include those commissioned by Preston cotton manufacturer, Horrockses, Crewdson & Company, Preston Dock, Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd and Foster’s Foundry.
Photographs featuring people include an early daguerreotype dating to 1846, studio portraits by local photographers, and Roger Fenton’s series of photographs of the Crimean War.
This collection is open part of the year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a specific query.
This collection is located on the first floor.
This collection is free to visit
Title: Worker Filling a Shell at Dick, Kerr Ltd Preston
Title: Officers of the 89th Regiment at Cathcart’s Hill
Made: Crimea, Ukraine
Date: 1853 - 1856
Object number: PRSMG: 2004.20.9
Photographer: Roger Fenton
Title: Edward Garlick
Object number: PRSMG: 2009.204.9
Title: Mrs Anne Agnes Crofton and Mr John Addison with Anne
Photographer: Silas Eastham
Title: View from Whinfield House Looking West
Photographer: Robert Pateson
Title: Preston Flag Market
Object number: PRSMG: PH4758
Photographer: Charles Wilson