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Pendulum removed from the Harris due to safety concerns

Posted on - 26th July, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
Looking down inside the Harris towards the cafe Pic: 70023venus2009
Looking down inside the Harris towards the cafe Pic: 70023venus2009

A giant pendulum suspended from the ceiling of a Preston museum has been removed.

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Foucault’s pendulum at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery was taken down over fears the rope holding it wasn’t secure.

A spokeswoman for Preston City Council explained why the pendulum had disappeared from public view.

She said: “The pendulum was removed after an eagle eyed member of the Visitor Services Team noticed that there was some wear and tear on the cable attached to the roof over 120ft up.

“We took the pendulum down while we arrange the repair which we hope will be in the next few weeks.

“Apparently the cable had to be replaced on an earlier occasion and the latest arrangement dates from around 1992.”

The pendulum foreground and clock in the background
The pendulum foreground and clock in the background

Visitors to the Harris will also see the clock, which stood in the centre of the rotunda, has been moved to the side.

Read more: First look at Lego dinosaurs in the Harris

The spokeswoman confirmed this was to create space for the Harris Live concerts and other events within the museum.

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