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Harris Transformers - Re-imagining Zine and Film

Harris Transformers meeting

The Harris Transformers are a group of young people who have been spending a day a week at the Harris since summer 2016, meeting curators, historians, architects and designers to learn about the museum’s past, the city’s heritage and feed their ideas into the redevelopment plans. Now they have interpreted what they have learned and produced an interactive publication, or zine, to help gather the thoughts of the public, especially other young people, along with a short film which showcases their views of the Harris.

You can pick up your copy of the zine from the Harris, or elsewhere in the city, during March 2017, and have a go at telling the Transformers your ‘hopes & dreams’ for the Harris on the fold out poster contained inside. You can also contribute your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #HarrisTransformers. The young people are keen to emphasise how important it is for people to have their say on how the building is potentially redeveloped so that the Harris can truly be reflective of its community.

See a copy of the zine and find out more here.

Watch the Harris Transformers film here.

The Harris Transformers is a new programme to increase youth engagement with the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library as it develops its Re-imagining the Harris project. It is delivered by Blaze, based at Curious Minds, who are a youth-led organisation with a track record of work across Lancashire developing the next generation of cultural producers, leaders and artists. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sue Bowers, Deputy Director of Operations, Heritage Lottery Fund says, “Our heritage offers a rich resource for education and it is wonderful to see it being used at the Harris by the young people of Blaze in such an innovative way. It is providing powerful and memorable experiences for the young people, making learning fun and opening their eyes to the history, which surrounds them. Young people are the future custodians of our heritage so their passion for it is vital if we are to keep it from being lost forever”.

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