Access to some of Will Onda’s films has moved a step closer today with the exciting announcement that Preston City Council has secured £1.18m from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the creation of a new history gallery and discovery room at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. After 2 years of development work on the content of the gallery I am overjoyed that the designs and plans were approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The funding is now in place to complete the project for 2012.
The new gallery will replace the current Story of Preston gallery which was opened in 1986. It will be thematic rather than chronological and will have four overarching themes: Discovery, What makes Preston special?, Preston at the Crossroads and Social and Commercial Hub. More about the plans can be found on the Harris Museum website.
One of the stories to feature in social and commerical hub section will be – Will Onda – A Life in Entertainment. The project will enable the museum and the city to highlight Onda’s life and showcase his wonderful films of Preston. It will also provide a space for special film screenings and community projects inspired by Preston’s film heritage.