Happy 125th birthday to The Harris!

Preston’s famous grade-listed building of culture and art celebrates has turned 125 years old.

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library turned 125 yesterday (Friday 26 October).

It opened in the late 19th century after its Victorian founder, Edmund Harris, had a vision to create a free place that focused on culture, arts and learning in the heart of Preston.

Inscribed on the outside of the building, the founder stated his vision: “The mental riches you may here acquire abide with you always.”

Ever since, the Harris has become a focal point of culture, art and history in the city.

It provides a range of exhibitions and events, fine art, sculpture, drawings and prints, costume, and contemporary art including ceramics and glass, digital media and textiles.

The history of Preston and beyond can be found inside.

To mark the special occasion, the Harris had some special ‘125’ balloons gathered inside the main entrance.

Historical photographs were also displayed on The Harris’ social media pages.

Councillor for the Riversway ward and Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure at Preston City Council, Cllr Peter Kelly, said: “With pleasure, I wish the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library a happy 125th birthday.

“For 125 years the Harris has been at the heart of the city, inspiring locals as well as those from further afield and has played a key role in helping the city to flourish.

“As we celebrate the last 125 years, this is a brilliant opportunity to look forward to the next 125 years and support the exciting developments ahead.”

Maria Jacovou

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