How the inside of the Harris Museum may look after major revamp

Posted on - 25th June, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, People, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
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The Harris shares its concept design visuals

The Harris is asking for public feedback on its latest plans as it prepares to become the UK’s first blended museum, art gallery and library.

Following last year’s announcement of National Lottery development funding, the team behind the re-Imagining project have now shared concept design plans for consultation.

Members of the public are being asked to provide their thoughts on the plans, which will inform the next phase of refurbishment.

The consultation began on Tuesday 23 June and will run up to Friday 3 July, with full details available on the Harris’ website.

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A look at the planned redevelopment

There will also be a virtual zoom presentation on Wednesday (1 July) at 1pm and again at 6pm; to take part please register for a session via Eventbrite.

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for leisure and culture at Preston City Council, said: “For many local people the Harris represents Preston, a proud landmark on the cityscape.

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“However it has the potential to be far more than an iconic building. More than a century old, the Grade I listed Harris is at a significant point in its history, part-way through a journey of innovation and change in the role it plays in Preston, in Lancashire and beyond.

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Plans include a dedicated family space

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“The development aims to create welcoming thoroughfares through the building by utilising existing entrance ways that are currently disused.

“Visitors will be able to engage with the collections in a new way, not only in traditional galleries but also woven into other public areas such as cafes and activity areas.

“The Harris’ ambition is to be a focal point for creativity and making, information and learning in spaces that celebrate heritage and promote wellbeing. We hope the people of Preston can engage with these concept images and help us in the next stage of this exciting project.”

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