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The Mayor of Preston Visits The Ribble Steam Railway 25th March 2023

On Saturday 25th March 2023 the Mayor of Preston, Councillor Neil Darby visited the Ribble Steam Railway on Preston Docks.   Furness Railway Trust Loco No 20 was operating.   A triumphant piece of work by the Trust to restore a fine … Continue reading

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A walk in Preston Centre 21st March 2023

Another walk in the centre of Preston. A photo of the The Old Bull on Church Street.   It was once Preston’s top inn and called the Bull & Royal.  There is a well known painting in the Harris Museum & … Continue reading

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A Walk in Preston Centre 10th March 2023

Another walk in Preston.  It was a lovely day and I’d bought a new camera at Wilkinson’s Cameras in St George’s Mall, Preston.   A pocket camera with a small sensor but a big optical zoom. Here we are under a … Continue reading

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Deepdale Retail Centre and Preston Football Ground walk – 11th February 2023

Deepdale Retail Centre near the football ground and within reach of three motorway junctions.  Easy to park, although it does get busy on the road outside, and we haven’t been at weekend. M&S, Boots, Next, Game, JD, TUi, Craft Shop, … Continue reading

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Preston Centre walk 31st January 2023

A windy wintery day.  The Harris Museum parcelled for refurbishment viewed from Lancaster Road.  How bright will it look when all is revealed in 2024. Preston Market, half outdoor, half indoor.  The old Victorian Covered Market with another just across … Continue reading

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A few photos from a walk in Preston 1st November 2022

Walking from the south east corner of the open Fishergate Centre car park you go out onto the street and turn right past a small car park and carry on to Milller Park.  The view is below: There are some … Continue reading

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery Jigsaw 2022

In 2022 a new jigsaw of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery is available to buy at the Library.  Note that while the Harris building is being upgraded the Library is in the Guild Hall. The jigsaw is a 360 … Continue reading

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Covid 19 data in Preston March 15th 2021

Preston appeared to have less Covid 19 than similar places in northwest England but in late February the slow decline left Preston in the top ten case areas in England and on some measures, it is said, at the top. … Continue reading

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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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