Title ID 3217Collection ID519
Title[Goodwood Hunt]
CollectionStaley Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFashion Family Life
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Family Hunting Social Class Clothing Fashion Accessories Coats Hats Shoes Suits Trousers Games Boats
LocalBognor Regis Goodwood
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRalph Staley
CameraNellie Staley; Ralph Staley
ParticipantsPam Staley (daughter); Ralph Staley (father); Nellie Staley (Mother); Mrs Staley (Ralph's mother); Silvia Richeux (later married to Dr Robert Staley)
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration16 min. 20sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film of the Staley family at home and on outings, including attending a hunt meet at Goodwood. The film begins with scenes of the family on the beach at Bognor and on the Esplanade. At the hunt meet servants bring out trays of 'stirrup cups' for the huntsman, and the hunt sets off. Mrs Staley and daughter Pam are also seen with horses at the stables.


The film begins with scenes of the family on the beach at Bognor and on the Esplanade, as the family stroll along the sea front, and sit on a bench as the camera takes portraits shots of them talking. In a garden Pam plays with a black cat, and the family stand talking and smiling at the camera. The next shot is a high street in Bognor, and the front of the Staley family shop with awning facing the street. Further portrait shots of an older couple standing with the family on the Espalande, followed by individual shots of the pair. In the lounge of a house, several family members including Ralph and Mrs Staley (Ralph's mother) sit reading books and a large broadsheet newspaper. The next part of the film shows a hunt at Goodwood. A pack of bloodhounds stand ready with their handlers, accompanied by several mounted riders. Shots of a row of cars is followed by several aircraft taking off from a nearby airfield. The Staley family is seen getting into and out of their car following the hunt along the route. Several of the mounted riders pass the camera along the route. The family then join the mounted riders at the stables, later to be joined by the pack of hounds. A woman in a bowler hat (Silvia) mounted on a horse talks to Mrs Staley dressed in a fir coat. On a second hunt, the hounds and riders are seen in close-up followed by several people walking behind them. The Staley family are seen taking a walk in the countryside, whilst Pam pushes a huge toy sailboat on a trailer (Tutti) and plays with Nellie and a doll for the camera. Pam pets the hounds as the hunt gathers at the 'Grand Stand Paddock' near Goodwood House, and the group moves off to continue their hunt. At home Pam is seen in bed playing the board game 'Sorry'.


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Contextual information

Fashion Notes: The film contains examples of everyday wear for different generations. The film shows suits and coats, particularly fur-trimmed styles are abundant and a variety of hat styles, including cloches. The film also shows men in full hunting regalia and has examples of men and women’s riding wear.

Fashion keywords: bowlers, cloches, coats, flat caps, neckties, riding boots, riding breeches, shirts, shooting jackets, sports clothing, suits, sweaters, trilbies, walking sticks

For further information see Screen Search Fashion online resource.

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Screen Search Fashion

This online resource provides a thematic guide for students interested in fashion and dress. The site offers pathways into aspects of fashion and dress as depicted in archive film from the inter-war period in the Screen Archive South East collections.