Courtauld’s factory film: Watch fascinating lookback at factory life

Posted on - 19th May, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Fishwick, History, Nostalgia, Ribbleton, St Matthews, Videos
The building was torn down in the 1980s

The building was torn down in the 1980s

The story of the former Courtauld’s factory has been told in an online documentary.


Prestonian Gary Cunliffe has produced the lookback at what used to be one of the biggest employers in Preston.

Courtauld’s employed 4,000 people and used to stand on what is now the Red Scar Industrial Estate in Ribbleton.

Cunliffe produced the film as part of the Dovetail project which is aiming to tell the story of Courtauld’s and its impact on the city before its closure and demolition in the 1980s.

He said: “It’s history, geography, science and community all rolled into one.

“I am trying to place the former site in the present landscape using archive photo and film.”

Cunliffe’s 16-minute film is part of the wider project to collect memories about the factory from those who used to work there.

Do you recognise any pictures in the film? Did you used to work there? Let us know in the comments below

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