Friends of the Harris


Every day, almost 1000 people, from all walks of life, visit the Harris - just as our Victorian founders intended. But after 125 years, the Harris is tired. Help us repair and revitalise it for the future, for everyone - and create the UK's first blended museum, art gallery and library.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 November 2018 to 12:00 AM, 31 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (503726)


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The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library needs critical repairs and revitalisation. You’ve told us what you want – Preston’s hidden collections on show, new spaces to enjoy, more opportunities to be inspired, and for the Harris to be your place. And here for the others who need it too - forever. Now, we have a one in 100 year opportunity to make the Harris uniquely special again – for everyone. Every donation will help show how much support we have and so generate money from larger funders


We will reinvigorate the Harris, combining the library, museum and art gallery to create exciting new facilities: Blended library, museum and gallery in a beautifully refurbished heritage space with many more collections on show Using Preston people's stories to draw visitors through the Harris and our collections, creating a richer experience New central ground floor hub for events, meetings and activities New rear entrance on Lancaster Road with welcome area, stairs/lift, retail and cafe