Harris Museum exterior framed by tree leaves

07 January 2020

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library have welcomed Harris library staff who have transferred over from Lancashire County Council to Preston City Council to create one Harris team. 

The Harris is managed by Preston City Council working in partnership with Lancashire County Council and is in a transformative point in its history to create the UK's first blended museum, art gallery and library.

Bringing the museum and library together as a single service will help the Harris to move forward with its unique and exciting vision to reimagine the Harris and ensure the Grade 1 listed building remains a cultural, civic and community hub for the city and county.

There will be no change in service and you will still be able to enjoy all the great offers available at the Harris Library.

Tim Joel, Head of Culture for Preston City Council, said:

"We have a superb team at the Harris who work closely on offering the best visitor experience possible. Moving to a single team is a real boost to the Re-imagining the Harris project which seeks to reposition the Harris as focal point for creativity and making, digital technology, learning and reading."

Lancashire County Council Head of Libraries, Museums, Culture and Archives, Julie Bell, in a thank you message sent to staff said:

"I must say a huge thank you to the staff at the Harris Library who officially transferred to Preston City Council on 1st January. Good luck with the Re-imagine the Harris project and we look forward to working with you all in these exciting times for Preston."

Further information

Staff transferred is one library branch manager and 10.3 full-time equivalent library assistants.

Plans are underway with the staff to create a new single visitor services team that will work across the building and build on the excellent customer service already delivered.