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Harris Your Place offered £450,000 grant

24 January 2022

Harris Museum and Art Gallery building exterior close up

National grant-makers Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation have offered two major grants to support the Harris Your Place refurbishment project.

Currently closed until Spring 2024 for refurbishment, the Harris Your Place project will look to enhance and protect Preston's famous cultural landmark for years to come with improvements including a new historic entrance, upgraded visitor facilities and improved accessibility throughout the building, which will provide an accessible and welcoming spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Pending council approvals to accept, the grants will support additional works to the second-floor galleries of the Harris, which will  provide a significant contribution towards the refurbishment and help to realise the projects full ambitions. The award from Garfield Weston Foundation has been made to the Friends of the Harris, the charity which supports the Harris, and the award from the Wolfson Foundation to Preston City Council, who own and manage the Harris.

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for culture and arts at Preston City Council, said:

"Preston City Council's Harris team are delighted that these generous grants have been awarded from Garfield Weston and the Wolfson Foundations. Their support will enhance Harris Your Place with additional funds to complete works to the second-floor galleries of the Harris and help realise our ambition to reach new audiences and have more of our collections on show.

The ambitious Harris Your Place scheme forms part of the wider Towns Fund projects, aiming to breathe new life into some of the Harris Quarter's heritage assets, key buildings and open spaces to create a diverse culture, leisure and employment offering for Preston." 

Greta Krypczyk-Oddy, Chair of Friends of the Harris, added:

"This is great news for the Harris and a significant contribution towards achieving the aims of Harris Your Place. Friends of the Harris is very proud to support the Harris and these grants from two National trusts and foundations will help to revitalise this historic building for generations to come."

About Harris Your Place

In March 2021 the Harris was granted £4.5m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund - a critical piece of funding to deliver an ambitious £10.02m reimagining of the iconic Grade I listed building.

Harris Your Placewill make the Harris the UK's first blended museum, art gallery and library and make the building more accessible to welcome an additional 100,000 visitors per year with a community-led programme of exhibitions, activities and events.  

The project is one of several projects forming part of the Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme (2021 - 2026), a £200 million transformational regeneration programme kickstarted by £20.9 million of Towns Fund Investment  to support a number of regeneration projects within the Harris Quarter with the aim of improving the areas leisure and cultural offer - one of the key strategic priorities of the Preston's City Investment Plan.

Find more about the Harris Quarter Regeneration

For wider information about the regeneration of the Harris Quarter, including recently completed and current projects taking place, see the Harris Quarter Regeneration.

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