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Harris Your Place Project Welcomes Top-Notch Fit-Out Team

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The Harris Announces New Reopening Date
in Spring 2025

 

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First Look:
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We’re creating a better Harris for everyone!

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Project background

For 130 years, the Harris has been both a cherished space for communities to come together and a home for world-class culture, exhibitions and collections. Each year, Preston’s Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library welcomes and inspires more than one thousand people a day from every walk of life. It’s a landmark, drawing visitors to Preston from far and wide.

Harris Your Place is a £16million project set to restore and reimagine the Harris for 21st-century audiences as a community, cultural and learning space. Made possible thanks to our supporters.

Harris Your Place: New Spaces

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Harris Your Place – Second Floor Balcony, Decolonising the Collection

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Harris Your Place First Look: No. 9

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Harris Your Place First Look: The Library

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Harris Your Place First Look: Rotunda

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Harris Your Place First Look: Wedding Room

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Harris Your Place First Look: The Studio

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Harris Your Place First Look: First Floor Balcony

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Harris Your Place First Look: Meeting Room

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Harris Your Place First Look: Family Library

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You’ve told us what the Harris means to you…

Preston’s hidden collections on show, new spaces to enjoy, family-friendly areas and more accessible facilities.

Rendered planning image of the Harris’ new Adult Library space, featuring black bookcases with an array of colourful books with artwork incorporated between the shelves. The themes ‘Adult Fiction’ and ‘Crime’ can be seen on the ends of the bookcases.

A Blended Museum, Art Gallery and Library:

More prosperous: Attracting more visitors (an extra 100,000, we expect) with an even better café, shop and events spaces. These additional tourists will also mean more business for other shops and services in Preston, helping to grow our city’s economy.

More inclusive: With new spaces for creativity, playing, learning, socialising and volunteering, including new, dedicated areas for young people. We’ll also work together with local communities to make sure the Harris tells the story of Preston’s diverse history and culture, so the Harris is a place local people can see themselves and have their voice heard.

Harris Your Place: Project Updates

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Harris Your Place Q&A Series: Keith from James Mercer Group

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Harris Your Place Q&A Series: Mark from Allied Access

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Q&A With Mike at Click Netherfield

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Harris Your Place Update: Sustainability and Reopening

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Harris Your Place: Newly Appointed Contractors

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Harris Your Place: The Harris Keys are Handed to Conlon Construction

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Conlon Construction Ltd is the Re-imagining the Harris Project preferred construction partner

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Harris Your Place is about more than simply preserving this much-loved building – as our way of life changes ever more quickly, we need to ensure the Harris remains a vibrant heart of the community, where people want to spend their time.

Harris Your Place has been made possible with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund; Towns Fund; Preston City Council; Lancashire County Council; the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal; DCMS; Arts Council England, and public donations via the Friends of the Harris.

Other key supporters include the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, the Harris Free Public Library and Museum Endowment Trust (est. 1893), and The Harris Charity (est.1985).

We will re-open our magnificent Grade I Listed building in 2025 and are already working with Community Partners to deliver a programme of events and activities throughout closure and from day one of re-opening. Your support can help deliver this exciting programme alongside Harris Your Place.

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Harris Your Place: Progress Pictures

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Image taken of the inside of the Harris
Image taken of the inside of the Harris
Image taken of the inside of the Harris
Image taken of the inside of the Harris
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Stonework cleaning image
Stonework cleaning image
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Image of scaffolding inside the Harris building
Image of scaffolding inside the Harris building
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An image of the pediment with scaffolding.
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An image of engraved text on the pediment.
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An image of sculptures.
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A close up of the gold lettering under the pediment.

Harris Your Place: Project Partners

Buttress Architects

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Ridge and Partners LLP

Museum and Art Gallery Collections Decant

'Pauline in the Yellow Dress' Decant

Paintings and Fine Art Decant

Harris Your Place: Funding Updates

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Lancashire County Council funding boost of £375,000 for the Harris Your Place Project

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The Harris to receive £803,249 in funding in another positive step forward for the Harris Your Place project

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£450,000 Boost for Harris Your Place

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We’ve been awarded £4.5m by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

#HarrisYourPlace awarded £4.5m by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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“The links of the chain are of equal strength”

Close up of the “The links of the chain are of equal strength” mural
Image of a second ink drawing from the school workshops of textile historic machinery

Revisiting Preston’s Rich Textiles History

In collaboration with The Courtauld, a brand new hand-painted mural from local artist Gavin Renshaw decorates the front of the Harris Building during the Harris Your Place transformation.

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Artist Gavin Renshaw painting “The Links of the Chain Are of Equal Strength”