Collection Giles Family
A rich collection of colour 16mm films captured by the Giles Family of their home-life and activities spanning the 1930s to the late 1970s. Films in the collection include portraits of daily life in the run-up to the Second World War and the activities of the Auxiliary Fire Service along with domestic scenes and caravan holidays across the decades.
|Collection ID||1112||Reference code||S 091007|
|Dates||1930s - 1970s|
|Production||Eric Leese Giles|
|Materials||FILM 16mm Documentation|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Eric Leese Giles (1901-1987) worked as an apprentice at his grandfather's company Morgan's the Coachbuilders and trained in the modelling and designing of car bodies.
In 1923 Giles qualified as an interior designer, becoming an associate of the Incorporated Institute of British Decorators, later to become the British Institute of Interior Designers. During this time he worked on the Penthouse Suite at the Dorchester Hotel in 1956 and the new Spillers Headquarters Directors suite completed in 1961.
Eric Giles became a member, and then president, of the Bugatti Owners Club (BOC); having designed a chassis for Bugatti as well as the front cover of the club's magazine. Eric Giles also owned a 1930 type 46 Bugatti, which he used as a tow engine for an Auxiliary Fire Service pump during the Second World War. The vehicle was purchased to support his service to the Auxiliary Fire Service, later named the National Fire Service at the outbreak of War. Giles served at the action station at Kettlewell in Woking, Surrey, taking part in several local AFS competitions and demonstrations in addition to his local duties. Several displays were filmed and are included in this collection. Eric Giles reached the rank of Senior Company Officer and was responsible for a large area of Surrey and Sussex, later retiring from the National Fire Service in 1946.
Eric Giles lived in Ottershaw and then at the family house 'Sunnymede' in Chobham, Surrey for many years with his family and pet dogs who feature strongly in the films. Several films show the gardens and grounds of their house throughout the seasons across a twenty year period from the 1950s to the late 1970s. Upon retirement, Giles' spent much of his time on caravanning holidays with his wife and several of these holidays are featured in films in the collection. Giles also maintained his interest with motorcycles, riding in the Pioneer London to Brighton run well into his 80s.
Films in this collection:
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This edited colour pre-Second World War film shows London's preparation for war during the Munich Crisis in 1938. Shelters, trenches and ready-stations are being constructed and installed in Central London parks. This is contrasted with scenes of everyday London life.
Ottershaw & Sunnymede 1938
This colour edited film follows the change of seasons in 1938 at Eric and Eileen Giles' family home in Ottershaw and his father's house 'Sunnymede' in Chobham. The first part shows the house, garden and family at Chobham. The second section is at the house in Ottershaw and shows the garden changing during the seasons.
This edited colour film shows the Giles family on holiday in East and West Wittering with their boat, at a holiday home and on a beach.
This film documents family life at their home in Ottershaw in the months running up to the Second World War. The film features family life and group outings to Arundel Castle, two trips to Farnborough model railway and participation at a school sports day at Wallop School. The film ends with preparations for war - building an air raid shelter in October 1939.
This colour and black and white edited family film features the family home in Ottershaw between 1940 and 1942, a visit to Somerton in Somerset and Mr Giles in his Auxillary Fire Servce (AFS) uniform with Bugatti Fire Engine. The family are also seen playing with toys in the garden, ice skating on a frozen pond, at a sports day event and scenes of a rugby game at Allen House School.
A.F.S. [Auxiliary Fire Service]
This colour film shows scenes of the Auxiliary Fire Service, annual trailer pump competition in Walton. Service personnel compete in teams through timed tasks to pull the trailer pump and lay out and construct fire hoses. The film ends with several shots of the Bugatti AFS engine and trailer pump.
NFS Reg. Pump Comp 1942
|Date||24 October 1942||ID||9106|
This edited colour film shows highlights of the National Fire Service No. 32 Fire Force Area (Woking), Trailer Pump competition in Guildford, on October 24th 1942.
Army vs. N.F.S. Dispatch Riders Training Trial, Nov. 26, 1944
This edited black and white film shows the Army and NFS (National Fire Service) dispatch riders' training trial on November 26th 1944. Several men are seen competing over eight separate challenges throughout the day. This film has intertitles throughout.
This edited colour and black and white film shows the Giles' family in Surrey and on outings to West Sussex during the late 1940s. The film also includes races at Goodwood; the Olympic torch passing through Surrey; and the unveiling of a memorial gate at Prescott House (Bugatti Owners Club) designed by a member of the Giles family.
This film shows the family on several caravanning holidays in the UK; a visit to London to watch the Trooping of the Colour; the inspection of the guard of honour at Guildhall; a boating event at Henley and watching a group of army cadets on parade and at a Physical Training display in a playing field. This film is intertitled throughout.
This colour film shows the family on several caravanning holidays and sightseeing trips around the South Coast of England and Wales.
[Dymchurch 1957-58 and 1960-62]
This film shows the Giles family on their annual holiday to Dymchurch, Kent and on a day trip to Dover Castle, Kent. The film has intertitles throughout.
This family film features a wedding in Surrey (?), followed by several films of the family on holiday in Dorset and Norfolk. The film-maker captures working men hauling shingle off the beach, on a farm harvesting grain and stacking straw in a field. The family are also seen improving their home with new 'French' doors, windows and outdoor lighting being installed. This film comes with intertitles throughout.
This family film opens with shots from the London to Brighton vintage Motorcycle event, followed by several vintage car and motorcycle displays. A May Queen style carnival is held in the village of Builth Wells in Powys, Wales. The family take a holiday in Wales and Warwickshire and visit a livestock farm.
This family film opens with mixed shots of the family home and gardens in Spring and Summer, followed by highlights of the family on holiday in Streatley, Berkshire and visit a Steam Fair in Horsham. Later in the film the family go on a caravan holiday in East Wittering and go sailing on the Norfolk Broads.
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