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British Commercial Vehicle Museum re-opens after Covid Closure

On Saturday 18th July 2020 the British Commercial Vehicle Museum (BCVM) in Leyland re-opened after its Covid-19 Closure. We visited just a few days later.  The first museum visit for several months.   Things have been adjusted to protect everyone. On … Continue reading

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Harris Your Place – Plan up for Review

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library is proposing a major facelift.   So far £3.7 million is in place and support and development funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.  The next stage is a £4.5 million … Continue reading

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Trains in Preston: A time of change December 2019

On December 9th First Trenitalia, to be known as Aventi, take over the West Coast Main Line services from Virgin.   Express services between London Euston, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh via Preston are effected. Also in December new trains, … Continue reading

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Harris Art Gallery Exhibition – Beautiful and Brutal 50 years of Preston Bus Station

An interesting display between 21st September and 24th November 2019 to mark the 50th year of Preston’s Bus Station and it’s car park.    Controversial because of its brutal style and that it was accessible to passengers only through subways … Continue reading

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A Walk from Preston Station

A lovely day 30th October 2019.   Just right for a walk in the country, a wander round some shops and pop into The Harris Museum and Art Gallery.  About 3 miles. Leaving the station in Butler Street, turn right towards … Continue reading

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Railway Improvements – New trains and electrification Northern Rail

Northern Rail are obtaining 101 brand new diesel and electric trains from CAF of Spain.  Many of these will be assembled in Newport, Wales.  There are also 243 ex-ScotRail diesel trains, class 158, and ex-Thameslink electric trains, class 319, being … Continue reading

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Museum of the Moon at the Harris

This is an excellent exhibition at the Harris in Preston, The Museum of the Moon until 24th February 2019. The star exhibit being a 23ft diameter moon hanging over central atrium, at night it’s illuminated. While we were there dozens … Continue reading

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The Preston Open Art Exhibition at The Harris

Every year artists from the PR postcode are invited to submit work to be exhibited and categorised prizes are awarded. The 2019 exhibition finishes on 20th January 2019, below are some photos from the exhibition:

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Harris 125th and Triple Exhibition

The 26th October 2018 is the 125th birthday of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.  Congratulations! Three exhibitions are on and these are Whittingham Hidden Lives,  Windrush Generation and Preston Indoor Market. All end on 25th November 2018. … Continue reading

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Dear Harris

In honour of the hanging at the Harris. Dear Harris,   (abridged) Is your permanence set in stone? On the road to death do you tread? Frequented by the old, neglected by the young, But the young will polish your dreary … Continue reading

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Tail winds at BAE Systems Lancashire

First there was Tornado, then there was Typhoon and what next?   The concept for the anticipated next aircraft project at BAE Systems in Lancashire and the Royal Air Force has been announced as the Tempest, photographed below. A concept design … Continue reading

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Iconic Art at the Harris

If you know the Harris, is an icon ‘Hannibal’s Sister’ or ‘Pauline in the Yellow Dress’?  Your choice, but on 28th April we took in a talk by two Sisters from the St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk about creating religious … Continue reading

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Courtaulds at the Harris

The Preston Courtaulds factory operated from 1939 to 1981 producing Rayon.  The display at the Harris shows a video of its history along with worker’s stories, maps and a painting from the Courtauld Gallery in London.  The painting was selected … Continue reading

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Ikea at Cuerden

The first Ikea in Lancashire is earmarked for the proposed 160 acre Cuerden retail site at the end of the M65 other retailers are being discussed.  This nice green field site is another extension to the built up area south … Continue reading

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Preston’s New Market

The Victorian Covered Market has been updated with a stylish structure creating an internal market space under the canopy.   On entering from Orchard Street there are 3 smart stalls, as it’s just opened there are a few stalls still being … Continue reading

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Penwortham By Pass

The Penwortham By Pass will run from the A59 to the A582 which runs to the M6/M65 and to Preston. Work started on the new £17.5m bypass in January 2018 and is scheduled to be completed early 2020.

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New Road Costs increase by £60m

The new Western Distributor Road from the M55 to Blackpool Road was originally around £100m but has now increased to £160m.   This is due to two long viaducts being needed and that the original estimate was done without design or … Continue reading

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Delay to Rail Electrification to Manchester

Network Rail announced that electric services on the route from Preston to Manchester have been delayed to December 2018 from May 2018, 7 months.   Diesel services will continue but the line will be closed at weekends until September.  Weekend Rail … Continue reading

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Another step on the Preston Tramlink

Preston’s tram line took another step forward this week when Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the route.  There will be a sod cutting ceremony for the tram test line in Deepdale on … Continue reading

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Preston Open Exhibition at the Harris Dec to Jan 18

The Preston Open Exhibition for local artists is held at the Harris Art Gallery during December and finishes on the 21st January 2018.  This year’s has a wide selection of creations, some tableaux based on the gallery’s own collection plus … Continue reading

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