Once every Preston Guild – a film is born!

The Preston Guild is a major event which happens in Preston in Lancashire every 20 years. Preston is now the only remaining place in Britain to still celebrate a Merchant Guild, which was once traditional in medieval market towns. The Preston Guild takes place in September and features a mix of processions, entertainment and civic events. The next Guild is in 2012. The first films of a Preston Guild were made in 1902 and are currently the subject of much research and discussion between myself and Peter Vickers. Will Onda definitely produced the film of the 1922 Preston Guild and may have been involved in the 1942 Guild had it not been delayed by World War II. Sadly, Will Onda died before the 1952 Guild but other film makers have since continued this important work.

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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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