Collection Geoffrey Woodward
The Woodward family collection spans almost three decades from 1957 to the 1980s. The films record family scenes with the children at play, taking several outings, participating in school sports days and several family holidays to Paris, Germany and Spain. Of particular note are the films of Mr Woodward's time in Nigeria where he once lived and worked.
|Collection ID||336||Reference code||WS 011005|
|Dates||1957 - 1989|
|Materials||FILM Standard 8mm Super 8mm|
|Access status||contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The film-maker, Geoffrey H. Woodward, his wife Kay, and daughters Alexis (Alex) and Elizabeth (Liz) lived in various parts of West Sussex and Surrey. Over the years he filmed his family growing up, recording special occasions and holidays throughout Britain and abroad, as well as documenting local events.
The early films largely record family scenes, with the Woodwards'' youngest daughter Alexis, still a baby. She and her sister are seen at play, visiting farmyards, wildlife parks and zoos, and participating in school sports days and gymkhanas. Scenes from several weddings feature particularly strongly in this collection, as do celebrations in general, be they Christmas festivities or an 80th birthday bringing a large extended family together. The collection also records many local events including Worthing Fair, with the Woodward family participating in the floats and parades. Other events include local amateur dramatic society productions; the opening of the Worthing Yacht Club in 1958 and a veteran car rally along Brighton's seafront among several car shows, cycle races and air shows.
The collection also features films of their trips to Paris, Germany and the Basque region in Spain, and of particular note are the films showing Woodward's time in Nigeria where he once lived and worked. Geoffrey Woodward was also a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (FCIS).
Films in this collection:
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[Family Scenes: Kay, Alexis and Father]
The film-maker's wife and young daughter are seen walking through The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells with three elderly women. An elderly couple are seen leaving a house followed by a close-up of The Pantiles Royal Victoria Crest. The same couple walk along with the family, before the group pause to pose for portraits on a bench.
[Baby Pictures: Alexis, Frizell's and Gregory Housing]
Toddler Alexis and her mother are seen sitting on a garden path and in the street. There is a gathering of people outside the house. A film crew (for BBC Panorama) with reporter Fyfe Robertson, are seen in various shots filming a sign: "Gregory Low Cost Housing...Worthing" and a man trying to ride a bicycle on a street.
Geoffrey H. Woodward films his wife Kay and young daughter Alexis at the beach and in the countryside. Mother and baby pose for the camera against a backdrop of cliffs, beached fishing boats on which children climb, and incoming tides. The film ends with close-up portraits of Alexis sitting up on a rug, in long grass and playing.
[Worthing Yacht Club Official Opening]
A sign for Worthing Yacht Club opens the film. Groups of people stand looking at boats and talking to yachtsmen, on a wet and windy day. Families join the yachtsmen with children playing in and around the boats. There are close-ups of various yachts on land. The film closes with a portrait of a toddler (Alexis), splashing around in puddles and playing with a plastic bottle.
Footage of a parade, opening with the Worthing Musical Society float; vintage cars and floats from the Worthing Yacht Club and 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show' follow, with members of the cast (including the film-maker's wife, Kay) posing for the camera, before further floats pass "The Berkeley Hotel." There is footage of Kay in her garden, posing in her parade costume. Their daughter Alexis, a toddler, plays on the steps of their house opening and closing the door.
[Alexis at Play]
Scenes show the film-maker's youngest daughter as a toddler; Alexis, playing at home. She is seen sitting on a rocking horse and pushcart and crawling upstairs. [not included in online clip] Shots of her in the bath with her older sister, ending with portraits of Alexis wrapped in a bath towel.
[Summer Holiday in Newquay]
Footage of a family holiday in Newquay, that includes scenes of the film-maker's wife, Kay, and their two daughters playing on several sandy beaches and in rock pools; visiting a family, playing with their children and taking an outing. We also see the film-maker playing with his youngest daughter on a beach building sandcastles and posing for portraits on a rocky cliff top. Domestic scenes also show the family together as they leave a house.
[Ice-cream at the Seaside [?]]
The film opens with scenes from a play, recorded on stage, followed by similiar scenes acted out for the camera on the pier (possibly at Worthing?). There follows more on-stage footage of a chorus line during a performance, before the cast parade past the camera outdoors in Bravarian (?) style costume.
A Hoopoe bird is filmed on a lawn, from a distance. There follow more shots of the bird, which are blurred and the bird is difficult to make out clearly.
[Boats in Essex]
A panorama of boats in a harbour, followed by footage of the family standing outside a row of timber clad houses posing for portraits. The film returns to coastal scenes across farm land showing a large wetland or estuary [?] with swans and small boats. Further scenes show a farmstead mill, several houses, Alexis jumping in puddles and several family portraits.
This short film starts with crowds of people gathered on a pavement chatting, followed by images of groups of yachts on the sea, near to shore. The film ends with footage of two large butterflies poised on a hyacinth (shots out of focus) in a garden.
[Holiday in Devon]
Scenes shot from a moving car show a bicycle race. This is followed by images of various amateur light aircraft on display at an airfield and some flying displays (flying club?) followed by a vintage car rally, with scenes of several interviews being conducted with the drivers. People are then seen playing golf, there is a family trip to the beach and shots of the chalk coastline (Beer beach and Beer Head near Seaton).
The film opens with scenes of backstage preparations for a show 'Calamity Jane' by the West Sussex Players; the cast pose as a group onstage. More images follow of cast members posing individually for the camera. The film ends with a brief family scene featuring a group of women sitting together and chatting in front of a garden wall.
The film opens with scenes inside a church, before a wedding ceremony. The bride and groom leave the church after the service, posing for pictures on the steps as guests mingle outside. The families are then seen posing for photographs as guests look on, before the film closes with portraits of the bride and groom. The film continues on 2811: 'Graham Road Wedding'.
[Veteran Car Rally at Brighton; Alexis in Bath]
This film shows scenes of a parade of veteran cars passing along Brighton seafront at Maderia Drive, each with Royal Automobile Club registration numbers, as part of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. This is followed by footage [not included in online clip] of the film-maker's young daughter playing in the bath with a toy boat.
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