The Harris set to welcome visitors back after four month closure

Posted on - 11th April, 2021 - 11:20am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The Harris Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris is set to reopen after four months Pic: Tony Worrall

The Harris will welcome visitors back to its ground floor spaces and public services on Monday 12 April.


The city centre museum, gallery and library – which has been closed for four months due to Covid-19 – is running a series of special offers to encourage people to return.

Visitors will be able to browse the library to pick up new books, return winter reads, and collect reserved items from the desk.

A Book of the Month initiative is launching, with staff recommendations to help library users make their selection. This month’s choice is The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald.

The library’s popular¬†Six of the Best¬†book selection scheme will continue for¬†those in a hurry or still nervous about visiting in person.¬†¬†Visitors are also reminded they can continue to¬†book public computer slots.

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Meanwhile The Harris shop in the main entrance has 50 per cent off gifts in a Welcome Back offer.

There is also the Artists Commission line, not available in the special deal, but offering specially commissioned pieces from local artists, which are unique to the Harris.

In addition, the Harris café will be offering a range of takeaway cakes and coffees. Until the end of April customers can purchase a hot drink with a free slice of cake as a Welcome Back treat.

Customers can also choose a picnic style lunch with a selection of items, including freshly made sandwiches and a choice of drinks, for a special price of £4.50.

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Visitors are invited to simply call in and see the building’s beautiful spaces from the ground floor. There is a new artwork that has been specially installed for the reopening.

Neil Fairhurst, Deputy Chief Executive, Director for Resources said: “We are delighted that we can start welcoming visitors back safely to the ground floor of the Harris, to the library, the shop and for a takeaway café service.

“For Harris staff and visitors we know it has been a long winter in which we had to temporarily close due to the pandemic. With spring comes renewed optimism, especially now that we‚Äôve received the fantastic news that the Harris ¬£10m¬†Harris Your Place¬†project is going ahead.

“We are looking forward to a better future, welcoming people back on 12 April,¬†and to the wider museum and art galleries on 17¬†May, subject to the Government roadmap.”

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The Harris ground floor spaces and public services will be open from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.

To find out more about the services that will be available, and how you can get involved in the Harris Your Place project, visit the Harris website. to

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