The Harris set for radical transformation
Oct, 2 2021
A treasured venue in Lancashire is about to undergo major refurbishment. Preston’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery will close today ( October 2nd ) from 5pm in order for new innovative designs to be implemented into the already existing Grade 1 listed building and protect it’s current mould for the future.
Preston City Council managed to secure a successful £4.5million bid for lottery funding to carry out the renovations.
The public need not worry about their usual intake of culture. From Monday 4th - Saturday 16th October, they can access library services online, with a large selection of e-books and magazines on offer. Visitors can also make use of other libraries in the area.
In addition, from Monday 18th October, The Harris Library and IT services will be available in the Guild Hall, in which visitors will be able to borrow and browse, log on, collect reservations and enjoy the book of the month in what will collectively be called The Harris’ ‘home from home’.
Take a look at this short film to remind you what a fantastic facility The Harris has been and will continue to be in the future:-
The 2021 project, a joint partnership between Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the UK Government Towns Fund and many generous supporters.
Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Matthew Brown expressed the loss of it’s current state but has great optimism for it’s longevity in a new format,
“While it is sad to see the doors of the iconic Harris building close, this is the culmination of years of work to establish the right plans and secure funding for this important and beloved Preston asset. This is a step forward in delivering the Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme, which sees significant investment into projects the represent positive change in the city. It is a strong example of the power of collaboration and commitment to delivering our ambitions for Preston that benefits everyone”.
For further information please go to the following website link:-https://www.theharris.org.uk/
^Alex Ashworth CCG Art Blogger