The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is an important regional museum which holds exciting collections including fine art, decorative art, costume and textiles, history and photography. Many of the collections are of regional, national and international significance.


Fine Art Collection

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The Harris fine art collection contains paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture and books, from the 12th century to the present day.


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Decorative Art

Photo of ceramics & glass gallery

The Decorative art collection features ceramics, glass enamels, Guild memorabilia and lots more

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Photo of gold thread objects from the history collection

Our history collections include archaeology, ethnography, coins and medals, greetings cards, trade and cigarette cards, stamps, local history, music sheets and the Preston Guild.

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Coins and Medals

Coins and medals – the numismatic collection – was one of the key founding collections of the Harris. Today, the collection numbers over 12,000 coins, medals, tokens and banknotes. Many of those with a Preston story are on display in our history gallery, Discover Preston.

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The Poulton Elk

Archaeological material was acquired from the earliest days of the museum. The current collection consists of about 2,050 items. The museum holds material of local and national significance which is displayed within the history gallery, Discover Preston.

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Costume & Textile

Dress worn at Guild balls

There are over 6,000 items of costume at the Harris. You’ll find women’s clothes, menswear, childrenswear, babywear, and costume accessories in our collection. See highlights of our collection online at #WeWearCulture.

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Horrockses workers leaving the factory

The Harris' photography collections include an historic photograph collection of portrait photographs and images of Preston and the surrounding area dating from 1850, a set of Roger Fenton’s Crimean War photographs, and our nationally renowned collection of contemporary art photography.

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Collections Development


The Collections Development Policy has been developed by the staff of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

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