#HarrisYourPlace (previously the ‘Reimagining the Harris’ project) is a capital re-development of the Grade I listed Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston’s most significant cultural and community asset since 1893.

It is one of the most ambitious cultural projects in the north of England, securing the future of the Harris and relevance for the next 100 years.

The new Harris, at the heart of the Harris Quarter, will provide new and upgraded space, facilities and services in an innovative environment in which museum, library and art gallery collections and services are blended to allow people to explore Preston’s rich history from multiple start points.

The project aims to increase visitors by 100,000 per year, to a total of 460,000. This is made up from locally based audiences, from all backgrounds, and tourists. It is forecast that the Harris will increase its share of visitors from its 30-60 minute catchment – rising from around 10% currently to 25% once the project is completed.

Previously closed entrances will be opened, providing better accessibility for disabled visitors. A lift and new internal stairs will be fitted as well as Changing Places facility.

A new layout is planned to present its collections more effectively, for example by allowing people to engage with collections not only in traditional galleries, but in other public spaces such as cafes and activity areas.

The Harris project will play a key role in drawing in more visitors to Preston from across the wider North West region, increasing opportunities for additional expenditure and linked trips.

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