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What does Wayne Hemingway have planned for the Harris Museum?

Posted on - 17th August, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
Jon Finch says he wants to bring the Harris "into the 21st century" Pic: Tony Worrall

The new man in charge at the Harris says he wants to bring it “into the 21st century” Pic: Tony Worrall

One of Britain’s top designers has been appointed to lead the redesign of Preston’s most iconic building.

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The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is undergoing a ‘re-imagining’ to change how the Museum may look inside – and out.

Wayne Hemingway, who runs fashion brand Red or Dead and the HemingwayDesign firm, has been appointed as internal designers for the Harris Project.

They will work with architects Purcell on ‘design proposals and visuals’ for the listed building.

Wayne Hemingway supporting the 2012 Preston Guild Pic: Tony Worrall

Wayne Hemingway supporting the 2012 Preston Guild Pic: Tony Worrall

Hemingway said: “As a proud Lancastrian, I am thrilled that HemingwayDesign have the opportunity to work on such a stunning and iconic building. The Harris is a great Northern treasure and we look forward to taking part in its re-imagining.”

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The Museum is undergoing major changes as Preston City Council looks to plug the £1.4m a year it costs to subsidise the museum and art gallery.

The city council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly said: “We’re delighted to have made these appointments and to be moving forward.

“The Harris is the ‘jewel in Preston’s crown’ as the city’s most precious cultural and community resource. We’re keen to develop the Harris further whilst always protecting and maintaining its features and heritage.”

Read more: Harris Museum to be open on Sundays

Conservation architects Purcell said they would be looking at access issues among many other things.

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery hosts the Harris Open

The Harris is a grade I listed building

Senior architect Laura Sherliker said: “We’re excited to be working with the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library to develop a new vision for their Grade I listed building. Our intention is to develop a programme that will enhance its services and create a new community hub that will ensure the building continues to inspire and engage its future visitors.

“As a Guild Burgess, my ties to Preston date back to the Royal Charter that founded the city we know today. I am proud to be part of a project that will transform this important listed building, that will act as a catalyst for change and breathe new life into the civic heart of Preston.”

What would you like to see happening with the building? Let us know in the comments below

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