Preston’s Harris Museum gets HLF development boost

A £10.7m transformation of Preston’s Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library has received a major funding fillip with a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Re-Imagining the Harris project, already backed by £3.6m from local authorities and the Arts Council, has been granted £180,900 development funding and is hoping for the full HLF bid of £4.7m to be met later this year.

The project will establish the Harris, which had more than 350,000 visitors last year as the UK’s first blended museum, art gallery and library, creating create thoroughfares through the building, new entrances and allowing day and evening opening.

Planners say visitors to the Grade I listed building will be able to engage with the collections in traditional galleries woven into other public areas such as cafes and activity areas, making Harris, which recently celebrated its 125th birthday, a focal point for creativity and making, digital technology, learning and reading.

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