The Harris has celebrated its 130th anniversary.Advertisement
The iconic cultural institution turned 130-years-old on 26 October.
Back in 1893, the doors were opened by Lord Derby and eager visitors were welcomed following a procession. Speeches, prayers and performances from the Bijou Naval orchestra accompanied by a chorus of 30 voices were highlights of the celebratory opening event.
From its early days as a gift to the people of Preston by Edmund Robert Harris to its evolution into a modern-day cultural institution, The Harris has continued to adapt to the changing needs of the community.
Designed by James Hibbert in the neoclassical style, the Grade I listed building is currently looking to the future with the Harris Your Place project, a £16 million undertaking aimed at redefining its role in the 21st century.
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Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for Arts and Culture at Preston City Council, said: “As we celebrate The Harris’s 130th anniversary, we are not just looking back on history, but forward to a future where culture, community, and innovation unite.
“The Harris Your Place project is a testament to our commitment to enriching lives and preserving our heritage. Together, we embark on a journey where the past inspires the future.”
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