How do I find you?
The Harris Museum, Library & Art Gallery is a Grade I listed building in the heart of Preston. We are a 10 minute walk from Preston rail station and a 5 minute walk from Preston bus station. Please click here for all the info.
Is there local parking?
The nearest pay and display car park can be found at the Bus Station (5 minutes’ walk). For Sat Nav users, the postcode to Bus Station car park is PR1 1YT (if you need to enter a street name it is Tithebarn Street). Please note that parking restrictions in the streets immediately around the Harris cease at 6.30pm.
What if I need to unload some kit?
There is a loading bay on Jacson Street – but parking attendants do patrol the area so it is only for very short term use, a maximum of 20 minutes. Let us know if you are bringing equipment and we can arrange to help you.
Blue Badge parking is available in Jacson Street. There is a ramp at the museum entrance.
We welcome guide and assistance dogs. An induction loop is fitted in areas around the building; please get in touch for more info.
What are your opening hours?
Due to special events, or Bank Holidays, the opening hours do occasionally change. Please check here for the latest information.
Can I just drop in?
Although the space is always open, it does need to be booked. Please get in touch to find out more.
How do I book the space?
If you are an individual or community group keen to book the space for a creative workshop or project then drop us a line. You will need to complete a short booking form and sign our Terms & Conditions.
What equipment is there?
Currently we have 10 x laptops, with software ranging from Microsoft Office to Adobe Creative Cloud, 1 x spray-booth kit, 3 x Powerstrips, 6 x plastic filament reels for 3D printer, 2 x Fume extractors, 1 x Fuel 3D handheld scanner, 1 x Ultimaker 2 3D Printer, 1 x Pixma all in one scanner and printer, 4 x digital cameras and 1 x mini camcorder.
What software is there?
Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, MODES, Blender, Sketchup Pro.
Is there Wifi?
Yes, there is free Wifi in the Makerspace. Username: makerspace / Password: harrismuseum
How do I suggest a workshop?
Whether you have a request for a workshop you’d like us to arrange, or you are keen to run a workshop yourself, then just get in touch.
How do I make contact with other local makers?
There are twice yearly programming meetings which are social events open to everyone to suggest ideas, talk about projects, and discuss how we develop the space. On Twitter you can use #HarrisMaker to connect with other local makers. Drop us a line for more info.
Can children attend events?
We hold regular events for families and children. Some events are restricted to 16 year olds and over, although under-16s may be able to attend if accompanied by an adult. Age requirements are always given on the workshop details. If you have any queries then get in touch.
Is the space free?
Currently the Harris Makerspace can be booked for free, but we do ask for a donation for any supplies used (filament in the 3D printer, for example). Most of our workshops are also free at the moment, but a small charge for specific workshops and/or Makerspace membership may be introduced in the future.
How do I donate?
If you use equipment we ask that you make a donation to the Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery (Registered Charity Number: 503726) at the Harris Shop or click here. If you are interested in sponsoring a Makerspace event, please do get in touch.
Is there any storage for my work?
There is storage in the Makerspace. Please let us know if you would like to use it. The Harris Makerspace cannot accept liability for loss or damage to any items.
Where can I get refreshments?
Refreshments are not permitted in the Makerspace, but users are welcome to visit the Harris café. For opening hours see here.
Where are the toilets?
Ladies’ toilets can be found on the first floor in the Ceramics & Glass Gallery. Gents’ toilets can be found on the staircase between the first and second floor. There is also a ground floor accessible toilet. Ask for the key at the Harris Shop. There are baby-changing facilities in all toilets.
Terms & Conditions
Everyone is welcome to the Harris Makerspace. Members of staff and/or workshop facilitators are here to help and treat everyone with respect. By working in the space you agree to:
- Treat everyone with respect;
- Use the space and equipment safely, and at your own risk;
- Return all equipment to the cupboards after use and leave all work areas tidy.
Who currently runs the Harris Makerspace?
The Harris Makerspace is a housed in the Harris Museum, Library & Art Gallery and is a collaboration between Preston City Council and the Media Innovation Studio at UCLan.