Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Project team

Client: Preston Guild

Designers: Campbell & Co

Bespoke joinery: Elmwood

When Harris Museum closed the doors on its popular Story of Preston gallery to transform it into the £1.5m Discover Preston gallery, they had one clear aim in mind – to bring the city’s past firmly into the present with a multi-sensory experience for all ages.

Bringing to life the state-of-the-art designs of Campbell & Co, Elmwood’s experienced Museum & Heritage division coordinated an array of statement furniture pieces. Amongst them, two cubed units for visitors to walk in and around uncovering another piece of history at every turn; a new display for the museum’s flagship attraction – the 12,000 year old Poulton Elk – with integrated desking and seating; and a children’s archaeological dig unit to unearth little imaginations.

The project also involved the manufacture of plinths and display case integration, incorporating scenics, graphics, and audio visual hardware and software installations.