The Harris looking for Preston’s Second World War stories

Posted on - 28th October, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News
The Harris Pic: Tony Worrall
Close up of The Harris in golden sunlight Pic: Tony Worrall

The Harris is asking residents of Preston to share their Second World War stories with them.


Working with the Imperial War Museum (IWM), support by funding from the Art Fund, The Harris is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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Second World War paintings from the Harris’ collection will go on display with a painting from the IWM from December 5.

The paintings show the many aspects of life during the Second World War, from the roles of women to aerial warfare.

And The Harris wants to explore Preston stories too.

Imperial War Museum artwork will be on display
Imperial War Museum artwork will be on display

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member of culture and leisure, said: “Did you or a member of your family serve in the military? Perhaps your Dad was in the Royal Air Force, or your grandma joined the Women’s Land Army? Or maybe you have family memories of what it was like living in Preston during the Second World War?

“We welcome Second World War stories from all walks of life and we’d love to hear from as many of you as possible.”

Artist Anthony Padgett is working with the Harris to explore residents stories and include them in the display.

Anthony Padgett on Lytham Sands
Anthony Padgett on Lytham Sands

This will include taking a photograph at the Harris with a family treasure, such as a photo, medal or something else that helps to tell your story. This will be done safely in line with all government advice on social distancing requirements.

To take part, email the Harris at the subject heading, Second World War display.

Within the body of the email put name, preferred contact details, the story, including names of the people involved and dates and locations if possible and a description of the photo or family object.

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People can also contact The Harris on the phone between 10am and 4pm on 01772 258248.

Stories need to be sent in by 4pm on Monday, 2 November.

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Do you have any stories to share with The Harris? Let us know in the comments below

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