Preston’s priceless collections are pride of place

Preston’s priceless collections of art and artefacts – new and old – are now pride of place following the official opening of Harris Museum’s new-look history gallery on 17th August 2012.

Housed in a glorious Grade-1 listed neo-classical building, the former Story of Preston gallery has been completely transformed by Campbell & Co – with bespoke fit out by Elmwood – into the Discover Preston gallery to offer visitors a more interactive, evocative account of the city’s history than ever before.

Feature displays include two four-metre high units that draw people in and through the gallery’s superb collections, while others such as the ingenious display for the 12,000-year old Poulton Elk double as desking where children can sit and uncover the stories behind the objects.

Said Alex Walker, Head of Arts & Heritage for Preston City Council: “We were delighted with Elmwood’s work on our Discover Preston gallery. The quality of the construction and finish is exceptionally good. However what really impressed us was the quality of the service.  It was a pleasure to have them on site. We really felt that Elmwood worked with us as partners and were as anxious as us that the project should be brought in on time and on budget, which it was.”