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The Harris is set to collaborate with Google

Posted on - 6th December, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Events, News, Preston City Centre
The Harris has regularly had temporary event licences for the likes of Harris Live Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris. Pic: Tony Worrall

Renowned cultural venue, The Harris Museum, is set to join more than 180 others in part of a major collaboration with Google.

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The invitation welcomes the cultural hotspots to be part of Google Arts & Culture’s We Wear Culture digital project to create the world’s largest ever virtual exhibition of style.

We Wear Culture uses state-of-the-art technology to enable viewers to explore 3,000 years of world fashion and discover the stories behind the clothes we wear today.

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Being the only museum in the North West to feature in the project, The Harris will be joining an incredible list of the world’s most stylish venues, including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and around the world.

The Grade I listed building is home to Lancashire’s finest collection of costume and textiles.

As part of the Google Arts project, 150 objects from the museum’s fashion collection are now available to explore on-line.

There are over 6,000 items of men, women and children’s wear in its stores, alongside accessories, textiles and fashion plates.

The museum’s current fashion exhibition, Preston Street Style, maps clothes from the Harris collection against the city to see who wore what where in Preston.

Egyptian inspired 1920s flapper dress is one of The Harris’ pieces featured in the Google Arts Project

This Google collaboration is one of a number of ways the Harris is using new technologies to bring the museum’s collections to life online.

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Online visitors will now also be able to virtually walk through the Harris building for the first time, with the help of Google’s Street View.

Walking Dress fashion plate from early 1800’s featured in the Harris’ collaboration with Google Arts

The Harris’ exhibitions are open seven days a week and are free of charge.

Highlights from the Harris collection, now available on Google Arts & Culture We Wear Culture platform, include cotton frocks in amazing patterns by Horrockses Fashions, textiles from the Textile Manufactures of India, quirky fancy dress outfits worn to Preston Guilds throughout the ages, fashion accessories such as shoes, hats and bags, Underwear such as bustles and corsets.

It will also display historic dress ranging from Georgian gowns, to Victorian crinolines, floaty flapper dresses and 1980’s power clothes, fashion plates showing how clothes were worn in the early 1800’s, and a teetering pair of Vivienne Westwood platform high heels from the 1990’s.

Man’s embroidered waistcoat from the 1740’s, at the Harris

You can keep up to date with the Harris Museum by the website or by following on Facebook.

Have you visited The Harris recently? What do you think about the collaboration with Google? Let us know in the comments below

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