The Cotton Industry by Will Onda on show at the Harris

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is currently showing part of Will Onda’s Cotton Industry film in its new exhibition Industrial Revolutionaries. Made in 1913 the film documents work inside Horrockses Yard Works factory. The Yard Works was a massive cotton manufacturing complex in the centre of Preston.  The film gives a remarkable insight into the life of a mill before World War One. Extracts from the film which documents the processes inside a cotton factory can be seen on the Harris Museum’s vimeo page. The original film is part of the BFI National Film Archive.

About Emma Heslewood

I am a historian and museum curator with broad interests including early topical films, social and industrial history, numismatics, archaeology and WW1. I am an expert on the life and work of the Victorian acrobat and topical film maker - Will Onda.
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