The Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston, Lancashire will unveil a new Ceramics and Glass Gallery on May 14.
The gallery will display over 1000 objects covering the history
of ceramics and glass from the fifth century BC to the
The new space cost £400,000 to build and includes
custom-designed display cases from glass engineers Meyvaert, who
have worked with the Louvre and the British Museum.
Funding for the project, which has been in the works since April
2006, came from three bodies - Avencentral, the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and Renaissance North-West, the MLA
Council's £150m programme to transform England's regional
Antiques expert Eric Knowles has worked with the museum to
create the audio-visual guide to the collection.
To celebrate the opening, there will be a free tea party on
Saturday, May 17 from 11am-3pm, which will include handling
sessions and informal tours. Admission to the museum and the new
galleries is free.