Category Archives: Film Research

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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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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A Right Royal Tour of Lancashire in 1913

On the 8th July 2013 the Harris Museum & Art Gallery will host the world premiere of a new film A Right Royal Tour of Lancashire produced by North West Film Archive on the 100th anniversary of the Royal visit … Continue reading

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Discover Will Onda in Discover Preston

Discover Preston is the new history gallery at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. The first floor gallery contains over 30 displays, each feature a different story from Preston’s history and has welcomed over 70,000 visitors since opening in July … Continue reading

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Will Onda’s films to feature in new DVD released for Preston Guild

On Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm a new film about Preston will premier at Preston’s Charter Theatre. The Film titled ‘Preston and its Guilds 1902 – 1992 is a collaboration between North West Film Archive and the Harris Museum & … Continue reading

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Onda employs Matt Raymond in 1901!

Amazing discovery yesterday which connected Onda to the film pioneer Matt Raymond. A document with the Rain family confirmed that Onda was the organiser of a variety show in 1901 that included a cinematograph. When I double checked the listings … Continue reading

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Film raises funds for Preston North End!

The financial woes of North End are rarely out of the headlines these days, but it would seem that the much loved Preston club has regularly enlisted the support of the community and local businessmen to ease its troubles, including … Continue reading

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Will Onda ran the Longridge Palace Cinema in 1913-14!

. The Longridge Palace Cinema near Preston is now one of the oldest cinemas in the North West. This amazing little cinema is a source of great pride in Lancashire but also shrouded in some mystery as to its origins … Continue reading

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Three men and a bioscope

A curious photograph of Will Onda was once published in the Lancashire Evening Post in 1989 by the music hall and cinema historian Geoff Mellor. Onda is shown sitting in a De Bion motorcar with three men and a woman. … Continue reading

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Yard Works on Film

The Yard Works was a huge cotton manufacturing complex which once stood in the centre of Preston. You can see it on the 1890 map of Preston at the end of Church Street and Stanley Street. The Yard Works was … Continue reading

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