Preston, Accrington and Blackburn Heritage Tour

Saturday 22 February
Coach departs Northwich Memorial Hall at 9.00am
Other pick-ups available

The Harris Art Gallery in Preston is considered as one of the leading museums and contemporary art venues in the region. The fine art collection contains paintings, drawings and watercolours, prints, photographs and sculpture, and there are several special exhibitions, including an exhibition of works by Bruce Nauman, one of the most influential artists of our time. The show includes his epic work, Changing Light Corridor with Rooms, last exhibited in the UK in 1989.

Nearby is the Museum of Lancashire. The Silverdale Viking Hoard has just gone on display. The hoard, discovered in September 2011, is made up of more than 200 items dating from around 900 AD. The pieces include beautifully crafted jewellery, coins, ingots and 141 silver fragments. These are known as hacksilver, which the Vikings used as money.

After lunch, we move on to the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, set in an Edwardian arts and crafts house in 9 acres of its own parkland. This stunning mansion is the perfect setting for the internationally renowned collection of Tiffany Glass, reputed to be the largest public collection outside of the USA. The  collection consists of over 140 items including glass tiles, vases and mosaics. There is also an excellent collection of 19th Century oil paintings. The collection was donated by Accrington born Joseph Briggs who was a designer for Tiffany. The collection includes the iconic Peacock vase.

We finish at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. It hosts a wide range of exhibitions and has collections of Japanese prints, the Hart collection of books, coins and medieval manuscripts, an award-winning South Asian gallery, the history of Blackburn, the Egyptian Mummy, Fine and Decorative Art and the Bowdler collection of world beetles.

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