Emma Heslewood, the curator of history at the Harris Museum, will be delivering a free talk on Will Onda, film maker and acrobat of the early 20th century. The history of Will Onda, real name Hugh Rain, has been forefront in Emma’s work over the last few years and her research has brought to light many interesting facts of this Preston born film entertainment pioneer and […]1 month ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
Following our recent report on the Moor Park restoration project we thought it might be interesting to take a look back at the park’s history. Moor Park was originally known as Preston Moor and was considerably larger than the area it occupies today; however, even though there have been many changes in its history Moor Park is the largest and oldest park in Preston and […]2 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
Steam trains are to run around Preston Docks to mark 50 years since a Preston rail line closed. A railway line used to run from Preston to Southport, the West Lancashire line, but was closed during the Beeching cutbacks. The Ribble Steam Railway Museum is running an event to commemorate when the line was shut. An L&Y Aspinall 1300/1896, currently based at Embsay, will be […]2 months ago by Ed Walker Share See your advert here Want to promote your local business?
The Preston Historical Society started the new season of talks on Monday evening of 1 September with the renowned local historian and much loved, Stephen Sartin. Mr Sartin has always been a favourite speaker with the members of the society and Monday’s talk was no exception in the slightest. With a most evocative title of ‘Preston as it was, or was it?’, it was quite a puzzle to imagine […]2 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
Explore the history of Preston North End and the time of The Invincibles. The Lancashire Archives on Bow Lane throws open its doors to look at the origins of PNE. North End are one of the original members of the Football League and Deepdale is one of two league grounds which has been in continous use since the late 19th century. Historian David Hunt will […]2 months ago by Ed Walker Share
On Tuesday morning 2 September, sporting celebrity and former captain of the England rugby union team, Bill Beaumont, was invited to formally re-open the fully refurbished Lancashire Infantry Museum at the Fulwood Barracks in Preston. Roger Goodwin from the board of trustees of the museum told us that “a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the four years of hard work to complete the refurbishment”. […]2 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share