Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

Chinese New Year - Shaolin Fist Kung Fu workshop

Chinese New year 2020 Year of the Rat poster

Saturday 25 January
2.45pm
Come and celebrate the year of the Rat with the Confucius Institute at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library.

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Chinese New Year - Tai Chi workshop

Chinese New year 2020 Year of the Rat poster

Saturday 25 January
1.30pm
Come and celebrate the year of the Rat with the Confucius Institute at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library.

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Chinese New Year 2020 Year of the Rat

Chinese New year 2020 Year of the Rat poster

Saturday 25 January
Come and celebrate the year of the Rat with the Confucius Institute at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library. Running from 11am to 3:30pm, this is a fun-packed, family-friendly day with plenty of things to see and do.

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We are marking Holocaust Memorial Day

Wednesday 22 January
5.30am - 7pm

Community Discussion as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day programme

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Special Poetry Reading on Loss with BSL Interpreter

Poetry Book on Loss

Sunday 26 January
2 - 3.30pm

Join us on Sunday 26 January for a special free poetry event designed to clear away the January blues. This event will be signed by a BSL interpreter.

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Harris Late: LGBT+ History Month

LGBTQ Colourful Poster images

Wednesday 5 February
One of the best ways to experience the Harris is after dark. Join us for a special late when we mark they beginning of LGBT+ History Month with a variety of special activities throughout the Harris.

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Documenting Contemporary Ceramics - artist Morgan Dowdall

The artists dancing in front of plates displayed on a wall

Wednesday 5 February
5 - 6pm
The Harris has recently acquired 6 ceramic plates from Morgan Dowdall's 'Well Hung' series.
These were selected by members of the Harris's LGBTQ Working Group.

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Collecting Books in Preston: Hidden Collections at the Harris

Woodcut image from historic book in the Harris collection

Saturday 8 February; 10.00am - 3.30pm

Join Dr Cynthia Johnston as we take a closer look at the rise of book collecting as a pastime in the 19th century, paying special attention to the book collections held by the Harris. The Spencer Collections of Children's Books and Chapbooks, and the Harris' Private Press Collection will be the special focus of the day.

 

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The Harris LGBTQ Working Group - exploring the museum, art gallery & library

LGBTQ Colourful Poster images

Wednesday 12 February, 11 March & 8 April
6 - 7pm Multiple dates.
Every month we invite people from the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community to join us for an early evening get-together to talk about and explore the Harris collections. We currently meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

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Valentine Afternoon Tea at the Harris

Prosecco and roses

Friday 14 February
Different times
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Classic High Tea for your loved one. It's the perfect romantic opportunity relax and indulge with a glass of Prosecco in the classically beautiful setting of the Harris Café.

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Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea at Avenham's Pavilion

The pavilion café in Avenham Park with valentine hearts

Friday 14 February
Location: The Pavillion Avenham Park
Different times
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Classic Afternoon Tea for you and your loved one. It's the perfect romantic opportunity relax in the stunningly beautiful setting of Avenham Park.

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Valentines Day at the Harris: Ivan Campo

Preston/Manchester based indie trio, folk-pop band Ivan Campo f

Friday 14 February
7 - 9.30pm
Romance is in the air at the Harris as we host a special evening of live music for a Valentine's Day you'll never forget.

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Wellbeing: ‘Space to Relax’ Gallery

In our Fine Art Galleries you'll find our 'Space to Relax' – a gallery which explores how the Harris can help improve our wellbeing.
Workshops available to book.

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Gin Tasting

Gin bottle and glasses

Sunday 16 February
Location: Avenham Park Pavilion, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JT

Do you love gin? Join distiller David Wood for a fun and informative gin tasting experience in Avenham Park Pavillion.

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LGBT+ History Month: Travis Alabanza at the Harris

Photo of Travis Alabanza

Thursday 20 February
6.30 - 8pm
Travis Alabanza comes to the Harris to talk poetry, writing for theatre, activism and more during LGBT+ History Month 2020.

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Whisky Tasting

Whisky being poured into glasses

Sunday 23 February
Location: The Pavillion Avenham Park
Join distiller David Wood for an exclusive single malt whisky tasting experience.

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LGBT History Month - Lunchtime Talk

LGBTQ Colourful Poster images

Thursday 27 February
1 – 2pm
Come along to this lunchtime talk to hear about LGBTQ resources and recent projects at both the Harris and Lancashire Archives in Preston.

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Sex Education

Photograph of performer in Sex Education event

Friday 24 April
One parent refuses to talk about sex. The other buys their child gay porn DVDs.

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Life Drawing Sessions with Nude Models

Life Drawing Postcard

Strong lighting, plenty of space, perfect atmosphere!
Book a place now on this popular session.

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Adult Tours 2nd Saturday of the month (Ages 12+)
This is your chance to travel to the top of the building and see John Somerscales' impressive friezes that adorn the Egyptian balcony and find out about how they ended up in the Harris!

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