£450,000 Boost for Harris Your Place
Two major grants have been offered to support Harris Your Place from National grant-makers Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Wolfson Foundation. Building on the existing £10.02m capital project supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, the grants will support additional works to the second-floor galleries of the Harris, helping to realise our full ambitions for the capital project.
Currently closed for capital works to get underway, the new-look Harris will re-open in 2025 with historic entrances opened, visitor facilities upgraded, and accessibility throughout the building improved – providing accessible and welcoming spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Our remarkable collections and changing displays, will tell stories of The Harris, Preston, and The World across three floors.
The award from Garfield Weston Foundation has been made to the Friends of the Harris, the charity which supports the Harris, and the award from the Wolfson Foundation to Preston City Council, who own and manage the Harris.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank both Garfield Weston Foundation, and the Wolfson Foundation for their generous support.
Further information about Harris Your Place is here.
Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for culture and arts at Preston City Council, said
“The team at the Harris and Preston City Council are delighted that these generous grants have been awarded from Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation. Their support will enhance Harris Your Place with additional funds to complete works to the second-floor galleries of the Harris and help realise our ambition to reach new audiences and have more of our collections on show.’’
Greta Krypczyk-Oddy, Chair of Friends of the Harris, said
“This is great news for the Harris and a significant contribution towards achieving the aims of Harris Your Place. Friends of the Harris are very proud to support the Harris and these grants from two National trusts and foundations will help to revitalise this historic building for generations to come.”
Images: The Harris, Preston. 106 Country Life, June 1, 2016
Notes to Editors:
Garfield Weston Foundation
Established over 60 years ago in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making charity which supports causes across the UK and, in the most recent financial year, gave over £98 million. Since it was established, it has exceeded donations of more than £1.2 billion, of which well over half has been given in the past ten years.
One of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees are descendants of the founder and they take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc) and Fortnum & Mason, amongst others – a successful model that still endures today; as the businesses have grown, so too have the charitable donations.
Known for its transparency, flexibility and straightforward approach, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities from small community organisations to large national institutions. Around 2,000 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.
The Wolfson Foundation
The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity with a focus on research and education. Its aim is to support civil society by investing in excellent projects in science, health, heritage, humanities and the arts.
Since it was established in 1955, some £1 billion (£2 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 12,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review.