New exhibition celebrates 50 years of Preston Bus Station

PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:54 21 June 2019

James Arnold, history curator at The Harris, and artist Charles Quick at the bus station

James Arnold, history curator at The Harris, and artist Charles Quick at the bus station

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The Preston famous landmark that has divided opinions over the years is to be the subject of a new exhibition.

An early image of Preston Bus Station (Picture by Building Design Partners)An early image of Preston Bus Station (Picture by Building Design Partners)

A new exhibition at The Harris called 'Beautiful and Brutal: 50 years in the Life of Preston Bus Station' might not be the most sensational of titles but it will strike a chord with Prestonians who either love or hate this imposing structure.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21st to November 24th, also features a programme of events marking the 50th year since it was built. It is now Grade II listed and has undergone an extensive restoration programme, due to be completed later this year. The artist Charles Quick is working with experts at The Harris to share its story.

James Arnold, history curator at The Harris, said: 'It is a nationally and internationally important piece of architecture built for the people of Preston. Constructed in 1969 by Building Design Partnership, it was the largest in Europe.

'People have called it a Marmite building, either loved or loathed, but its beautiful and brutal form is one of the city's most distinctive pieces of architecture. It has inspired many artists, filmmakers and photographers.'

Films, tours and workshops will take place in the lead-up to the exhibition as well as a bus-themed summer event called the Big Bus Bash on the flag market between 12pm nd 4pm on July 20th with vintage buses, a soft play bus and creative activities in the Harris.

Harris curators are also appealing for locals to share any items of memorabilia connected to the bus station.

'This can be anything that has significance for them,' said James. 'We'd love for as many people as possible to come forward with those treasured objects.'

If you have items to donate to the Beautiful and Brutal: 50 years in the Life of Preston Bus Station exhibition, please contact history curator James Arnold on 01772 905406.

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