Author Archives: Emma Heslewood

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.

Jessie Rain and the sad story of Will Onda’s early life

Readers of the Lancashire Evening Post may have spotted this week an article about the Rain family on Wednesday 27 Jan on page 26. This story taken from the Court Archives tells the sad story of how Will Onda’s father … Continue reading

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Seasons greetings

May I take this opportunity to wish all Onda relatives, fans and followers a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015. 2015 is going to be an exciting year for me as I start a new job with Blackpool … Continue reading

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Onda talks coming up this week

Just a quick post to inform everyone that if you missed my recent talk to Preston Historical Society there is another chance to hear it this week. I will be giving the lecture about Will Onda and his films tomorrow … Continue reading

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The First World War – New DVD featuring Onda films

A brand new DVD is being launched this week featuring archive footage of life in the North West during WW1. The North West Film Archive presents the first public screening of the new film on Wednesday 21 May at the … Continue reading

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The Films of Will Onda – Monday 12 May at Preston Historical Society

Just a quick update to let you know I am talking about Will Onda’s film collection and presenting a few clips of his films at the forthcoming meeting of Preston Historical Society at the Minster on Monday 12 May. The … Continue reading

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Can forensic techniques be used to identify Will Onda’s films?

There are 10 surviving films from the 1914 – 1918 period made by Will Onda and his company Preston Film Service Limited. 5 of these films are called ‘Roll of Honour’ films which are topical films featuring a selection of … Continue reading

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Finding Identities – Lancashire and the First World War

The Preston Remembers project is holding a conference in Preston on 23 & 24th November at the University of Central Lancashire & Preston museums. Finding Identities: Lancashire and the First World War has a packed programme with talks, visits and … Continue reading

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