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.


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 disapointment as places are limited. 

Find out more and book your place here  


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Harris Live

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Every Wednesday in February & March 2017
7.30-9.00pm (Doors open 7.00pm)

Join us every Wednesday evening for Harris Live when we’ll host a different music act each week, with something for all tastes from good-time blues to community singing.

Acts include up and coming local bands and singers, Mike Smith's Ginger Tunes Quartet (soul/jazz), Price of my Pig (celidh), Tipitina (rhythm and blues, barrelhouse and gospel), The Swing Commanders (boogie woogie, 40s classics and 50s jump jazz), One Voice Community Choir (gospel and contemporary inspirational) and Preston Musical Comedy Society (light opera and songs from the musicals).



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Sunday Social

Harris cafe

Sundays 26 February, 26 March, 30 April 28 May & 25 June

Special Event

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

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturday 11 March

Explore the Harris
This is your chance to see John Somerscales' impressive friezes that adorn the Egyptian balcony and find out how they ended up in the Harris.

What time? 2-2.45pm
Cost? £1.00/50p concessions
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414 or book your place at the museum shop.
Suitable for?Ages 12+

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Lessons from Lancashire's Past? Mass Migration

Obelisk in Preston's Market Square, 1846

Wednesday 29 March

Dr Lewis Darwen – Mass migration in a time of crisis:
Lancashire and the Irish Famine 1847-1848

Join us for the last of three events, exploring the past, present and future of Lancashire.

Modern Lancashire is in a state of flux. While some areas of the north, such as Manchester, have seen tremendous economic growth, others are struggling. What lessons can we learn from what historians have called ‘the first industrial society’? What is the future for Lancashire? What can policy makers learn from historians?

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Martin Creed: Words and Music

© Martin Creed, Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Special Event
Tuesday 25 April
6.30pm (with pop-up bar)

VENUE: UCLan's Media Factory

Media Factory, Theatre 1
Kirkham Street

Turner prize winner Martin Creed is one of the most influential and exciting British artists today who uses sculpture, neon, painting, video and performance. To coincide with his ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed  exhibition at the Harris Museum, Creed comes to Preston for an evening of words and music.

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Market Square,
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Please note that our top floor including the art galleries,
Martin Creed and Style & Substance exhibitions, will be closed from 3.30pm on Thurs 2 March for a private event.

Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Mon 10am-7pm
(Museum/Art Gallery 11am-5pm)

Tue 10am-5pm

Wed 10am-7pm
(Museum/Art Gallery 10am-5pm)

Thur 10am-5pm

Fri 10am-5pm

Sat 10am-5pm

Sun 11am-4pm

IT Centre Computers open 9am daily, except Sundays 11am

Café and Shop
Daily 10am-4pm, except Sundays 11am-3.30pm


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