Talks, Tours & Events for Adults


Whether you're interested in art, history, fashion or ceramics and glass, we have a wide variety of talks, tours and workshops on offer.

Look out for talks by special guests as well as Harris experts, chances to handle museum collections or make something special in our Makerspace and to explore our Egyptian Balcony.

Click here for details of events coming up.

Group Tours - We can also arrange an exclusive tour especially for your group for which there is a small charge. Please contact             Steve Walker on 01772 906194 to find out more.

Preston Street Style Events

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Special Events
Sunday 24 September 2017

Join us for some fantastic fashion events for adults and families inspired by our new exhibition Preston Street Style.   #PrestonStreetStyle

Join us on the Flag Market outside between 11.30am and 3.30pm to find out about up and coming activities at the Harris and then take part in our family trail around the building - there's a free badge for everyone who takes part.  Bring the kids to the Sew Cool club from 12.00pm to 3.30pm on our top floor balcony.

We are also looking for you to share your fashion memories of Preston, become a Dress Detective for the day or take part in fashion photography and styling.  Full details of these events and booking information here


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What will you make?

Makerspace is a space to make and mend, improve and embellish, and have a go at contemporary craft or digital endeavours. It is a shared workshop and meeting point where art, technology, craft and design are invited to converge. Makers, fixperts, artists, 'hackers' and crafters of all kinds are invited to come along and get involved. We have exciting events that vary from dress making to drone hacking.

The Makerspace is also open for use by groups that are already up and running as well as those just starting out.

Tickets are FREE but please book to avoid disappointment as places are limited. 

Find out more and book your place here 


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Sunday Social

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Every last Sunday of the month

Special Event

Join our Sunday Social in the Harris cafe and enjoy a chat, a laugh and discounted hot drinks.  

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Fun Palaces at the Harris

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Saturday & Sunday 7 & 8 October

Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist

Celebrating the artist, scientist, designer, maker and more in everyone! Also at Lancashire Archives and Lancashire Conservation Studios.  Join us for fun activities exploring art and science as part of the national Fun Palaces weekend.

Fun Palaces are free, welcoming annual events combining arts and sciences, made for and with local people. The Fun Palaces campaign is an ongoing movement for culture at the heart of our communities.  

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Beattie's Preston & Beyond: Sketching Workshop

Saturday 7 October
1.30pm - 4.30pm

Beattie-inspired urban sketching workshop with contemporary artist
Colin Binns inspired by our Streets of Change: Beattie's Preston & Beyond exhibition. Edwin Beattie is best known for his street scenes of Victoria and Edwardian Preston. With guidance from Colin and the Harris' Fine Art Curator this informal afternoon will start at Harris Makerspace before heading out into the city. 

All abilities welcome.

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Horrockses Fashions with Dr Christine Boydell

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Wednesday 11 October
6.00pm - 7.00pm

Meet Britain’s foremost expert on Horrockses Fashions dresses and hear about some of her latest research, as well as finding out about some recent Horrockses acquisitions for the Harris’ collection, purchased with the help of the Friends of the Harris. 

This event is held to celebrate our new fashion exhibition,
Preston Street Style, which includes Horrockses Fashions dresses. 


We expect this event to be very popular, so please book early!

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Stephen Sartin on Edwin Beattie

Image: Edwin Beattie, Remains of George Inn, Friargate, 1895, watercolour © Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Wednesday 25 October
6.00pm - 7.30pm

Preston historian extraordinaire Stephen Sartin talks about Edwin Beattie’s watercolours of Preston and the Edwardian world in which he lived, inspired by our new exhibition, Streets of Change: Beattie's Preston & Beyond. Beattie (1845 - 1917) was a local artist who painted Preston at a time when the old town centre was being swept away to make way for new buildings like the Harris. All proceeds from this event support the Harris.

We expect this event to be very popular, so please book early!


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Harris Live

Harris Live

October 2017 - March 2018 (except January) 

Back by popular demand on the first Wednesday of every month - a varied programme of live music. Everyone welcome.


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