One step closer to a re-imagined Harris
We’ve reached an important milestone!
You may have heard about the #HarrisYourPlace project we have been working hard on over the last couple of years. This transformational project is to re-imagine the Harris making it more accessible, vibrant and suitable for visitors for the next 100 years. By doing this, we want to create a world class attraction and a thriving hub for the community.
In order to deliver the project we need to raise £10.02million. In partnership with Lancashire County Council and the University of Central Lancashire have recently submitted a bid for £4.5million to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a National Lottery grant, which will enable us to deliver part of the project.
What will the funding contribute towards?
Key parts of the project include:
- Installing a new lift and staircase making it more accessible for visitors.
- Removing mezzanine floors to open up the original galleries.
- Accentuating the Lancaster Road entrance and opening it for the public to use.
We hear back in March if our bid has been successful (so cross your fingers for us!). If we are successful, this funding will be added to existing funding of £3.6 million from Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, Arts Council England, Friends of the Harris Charity and members of the public.
Cllr Peter Kelly, cabinet member for leisure and culture at Preston City Council, said:
“The Harris is at the heart of Preston – geographically and figuratively – which is why this is a cornerstone project for our city.”
Cllr Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services at Lancashire County Council, said:
“It is hugely important for Lancashire that The Harris maintains its central role within our county’s rich heritage. Reaching such a major milestone for our iconic attraction is very positive news for Lancashire’s cultural economy.”
This is a huge milestone for us and if successful, physical work in the building will begin in autumn 2021. We will keep you updated on our website and social media with further developments with the #HarrisYourPlace project, so please keep an eye out!