There are over 6,000 items of costume at the Harris. You’ll find women’s clothes, menswear, childrenswear, babywear, and costume accessories in our collection.
The earliest item is a pair of men’s silk slippers dating from the 1620s, with most of the other garments dating from the 1800s and 1900s.
Many of the garments have an association with the Preston region and have either been worn by local people or were made here. Highlights include a collection of 1950s dresses made by local manufacturer, Horrockses Fashions, items of fancy dress worn for Preston Guild balls, and clothing associated with the Second World War. There is also a collection of Asian women’s clothing featuring some beautiful embroidery.
Today, the Harris is recognised as one of the leading museums and contemporary art venues in the region. We combine working closely with and for our local community with developing a national and international reputation for quality and innovative programmes. We are a major tourist attraction, welcoming over 250,000 visitors annually.