Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

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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.

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.

Comics Exhibition Opens

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Saturday 23 June

On Saturday 23 June celebrate the opening and come dressed up as your favourite comic character or superhero! And be in with the chance of winning a prize! FREE - all welcome. From 12 noon.
Exhibition open from 10am.

Love Comics? This is your chance to enjoy an eclectic mix of original comic art that will impress and inspire most comics’ fans.

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Fashion on the Ration: A Close-Up Look at 1940s Fashions

Illustration of Fashion in the 1940s

Wednesday 20 June
Two study sessions available

Join us for this special study session with a close-up look at some fabulous 1940s fashions from the Harris collection.

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Life Drawing Sessions with Nude Models

Birley Artist Studios

Saturday 23 June
12.00 - 3.00pm
Strong lighting, plenty of space, perfect atmosphere!

Book a place now on this popular session.

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Events Coffee Date

Acoffee pot and coffee mugs

Wednesday 26 June

Do you have an idea for a great event or activity at the Harris?

We’d love to hear all about it. Whatever ideas you have, this is a great chance to discuss them over a brew and see how we can make great things happen.

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Lancashire Encounter Artistic Commissions Call Out

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The deadline for proposals is 12 noon on Tuesday 26 June.

Discover a world of culture and creativity on your doorstep!

Taking place over the weekend of September 21 - 23 Preston city centre will be transformed into a vibrant hub of activity -including events taking place at the Harris.

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Textile Talk: The Design Archive and Creative Process at Standfast & Barra...

Standfast & Barracks textile

Wednesday 27 June

Special Event: Discover Preston Gallery
Talk by Vanessa Jones
Vanessa Jones  is the archivist of Lancaster-based textile firm Standfast & Barracks which has  been at the forefront of innovative textile design and manufacturing for almost 100 years.

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Floral Fashions: A Close-Up Look at our Blooming Best Textiles

Fashion textile with flower motifs

Wednesday 11 July

Session One:  5:30pm - 6:30pm
Session Two:  6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join us for this special study session - a close up look at some of the best blooms on clothes and textiles and talking about the clothes in our collection.

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Saturdays 14 July
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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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Harry Potter Editor Talks to Best Selling Preston Author AJ Hartley

A J Hartley in front of Cold Bath Street sign

Wednesday 18 July
Meet New York Times bestselling author A J Hartley, author of Cold Bath Street, the best selling book set in Preston, who will be in conversation with Barry Cunningham, former editor of the Harry Potter books at Bloomsbury.

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