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All Together Different: Exploring Ideas for the New Harris

Harris - ground floor rotunda

Harris - ground floor rotunda

21 May 2021

The Harris recently received the fantastic news it was successful in fundraising for a major refurbishment and re-display of the building.

All Together Different is a new exhibition that will test out ideas for how the Harris might look in the future.

Local people and local communities have been working with the Harris to tell a wider range of stories and how the Harris can display their collections in new ways. This includes changing the way it tells stories and by bringing its collections of art, history and books together, to make it better and more welcoming for everyone.

Different community groups, including the Harris LGBTQ+ Group and members of Preston's African Caribbean community, have worked with the Harris to see how this can be achieved and how to better represent their experiences.

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for Culture and Arts said:

"Local people have been working with us to tell a wider range of stories and display our collections differently to see how we can make the Harris better together. This is a great opportunity to test out new ideas and find ways we can improve.

People are being invited to give their feedback on what they think of the new ideas to help shape the new Harris."

The exhibition is free. Visitors will need to book a time slot to visit the Harris and the exhibition through the Harris website.

  • Do you have a story you'd like the Harris to explore?
  • What are your hopes for the future of the Harris? 
  • How should the Harris explore Britain's global history?

Share your thoughts on how the Harris can be altogether different

More information

About the Harris

Based in Preston, Lancashire, the Harris is one of the leading museums, galleries and libraries in the region. Home to art collections of national significance, exciting activities and events for all ages and an award-winning contemporary art programme, the Harris welcomed over 380,000 visitors in 2018/19. 

Harris Your Place

In March 2021 the Harris was granted £4.5m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund - the critical final piece of funding needed to deliver an ambitious £10.02m reimagining of the iconic Grade I listed building. Harris Your Place, capital scheme has also been made possible thanks to a further £3.6m from Preston City Council; Lancashire County Council; the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal; Arts Council England, the Friends of the Harris and public donations.  Other key supporters include the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the Harris Trust and the Harris Charity Harris Your Place will make the Harris the UK's first blended museum, art gallery and library and make the building more accessible to welcome an additional 100,000 visitors per year with a community-led programme of exhibitions, activities and events.  Due to commence in autumn 2021, works will return the building to its original splendour and reveal some of the Harris' original architectural details, which have previously been hidden.

The Harris is proud to be an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. The Harris is provided in partnership with Preston City Council (museum & art gallery) and Lancashire County Council (library). The Harris consists of an art gallery, museum, library, shop and café. 

Art Council England

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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