Collection Sadler Family
Based in Chichester, members of the Sadler family made a number of films in the area dating from the early 1930s up to the 1960s, with a strong collection made during the Second World War.
|Collection ID||39||Reference code||WS 970618 / 1|
|Dates||1930s - 1960s|
|Production||Fred Sadler (Father): Robert Sadler (Uncle)|
|Materials||Film 16mm Documentation|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The Sadler family were based in Chichester where they ran a business manufacturing and selling agricultural products such as animal feed. Fred Sadler, along with other family members, made a number of home movies, filmed in and around the Chichester area from the early 1930s up to the 1960s. Early films show scenes of the family in their large garden in Chichester, where quantities of Roman pottery appear to be being excavated. Family activities around Chichester and foreign trips to Europe and to Australia to visit relatives are recorded. Local events such as parades, agricultural shows and the Sadler family business have also been captured on film. Fred Sadler's son David is pictured in one film as a toddler, learning to walk and trying on his father's shoes. David Sadler went on to film his own daughter as a toddler doing the same, in colour, in the mid 1960s.
Many of the films in the collection were made during wartime and illustrate some of the changes that the arrival of war had on the family. For example, the family's home life sees the effects of wartime when they are filmed building an Anderson shelter in the garden. There are also scenes of bomb damage in Chichester, and members of the family are also seen wearing military uniforms. An Australian cousin, Tony Gaze, poses for the camera in his RAF uniform, feeding their rabbit named 'Spitfire'. Gaze went on to become a flying 'ace' during the war and later a Grand Prix racing driver. A short film made by him of his hometown of Melbourne in the 1950s is included in the collection. The film-maker's brother, 'Jack Martin' is also filmed in uniform on several occasions, including one where he is seen receiving a medal at Buckingham Palace
Films in this collection:
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[Family Scenes; Toddler]
|Date||[ca. 1930 - 1933]||ID||3449|
A Short family film mainly featuring toddler, David Sadler, learning to walk in the garden and later playing on a tricycle.
[Australia Visit and West Sussex]
|Date||[ca. 1930 - 1935]||ID||3451|
An Amateur film showing the Sadler family in various locations, featuring a trip to Australia on board the P&O ship, SS Strathnaver, traveling via the Suez Canal. The film also shows the Sadler family's shop in Chichester and a number of family scenes.
[Miscellaneous and Seaside Scenes]
An Amateur film of the Sadler family and their friends, featuring the Weymouth Agricultural Fair and a procession through Chichester, amongst various family scenes.
[Pre-war and Wartime Scenes]
|Date||[ca. 1937 - 1941]||ID||3447|
A family film made just before and during the early part of the Second World War depicting everyday life. A variety of locations and family members are featured, including several servicemen in uniform.
[Pilot Jack Martin]
|Date||[1937 - 1945?]||ID||3448|
An amateur/family film made just before and during the Second World War. The film features sea planes and military bands at Buckingham Palace as well as various scenes of war-time family life and the Sadler's family business.
[Chichester; Agricultural Show; Tour to Italy; Wittering]
A family film portraying an archaeological dig, Weymouth agricultural show, a tour through Italy including visits to Rome and Naples and various family scenes featuring members of the family and friends.
[The Vegetable Gardens and War Damage]
An amateur film featuring family and friends and scenes of the family garden in Chichester during the Second World War.
[History of Apple Porch]
|Date||[ca. 1946 - 1947]||ID||3453|
An amateur film featuring the Sadler family home near Chichester. The film was made by David Sadler using his father's camera. There are scenes of the house ('Apple Porch') throughout the seasons, as well as some colour footage of an air display filmed in Holland.
A short amateur film, shot in colour by the Sadler family's Australian cousin, Tony Gaze, in Melbourne, Australia. The film features a group of youngsters in military uniforms, and various short family scenes and portraits.
[Toddler Scenes of Elizabeth]
|Date||[ca. 1963 - 1966]||ID||3454|
This film provides a portrait of baby Elizabeth in her early years as she grows; showing her as a baby in a pram, learning to crawl and as a toddler, playing on the beach and at the family home.
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