Collection Gowlland Family
Films of the Gowlland family spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, showing the children as they grow up in suburban Croydon in the war and post-war years.
|Collection ID||105||Reference code||S 990330|
|Dates||1930s - 1960s|
|Production||Geoffrey Price Gowlland, Mr. (Father of donor)|
|Materials||FILM Standard 8mm Documentation|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The Gowlland family films span the 1930s to the 1960s, offering a vivid portrait of family life. The well constructed films record the Croydon-based family across the decades, starting with the arrival of their three children and following them growing up during the Second World War.
The films go on to cover family holidays, outings and local events in the post-war years, recording the children until the youngest son's wedding in the early 1960s. Geoffrey Price Gowlland (principally behind the camera), his wife Amy Mary (known as Peggy) and their three children, Rosemary, John and George Mark (known as Mark) are featured in the films.
Geoffrey Price Gowlland jointly ran the family business with his father in Croydon, where they produced medical and scientific instruments. He was a keen amateur family historian, spending time meticulously researching his family background whilst also recording his current family events and activities on cine-film.
Many of the Gowlland films made during the Second World War keenly observe the changes taking place whilst also showing how family life continued as normal regardless of the changes. It is this portrait of everyday family life during wartime, coupled with the time span of the collection, that makes this set of films a notable collection in the Archive.
The Gowllands have continued their interest in family history, producing the Gowlland family website, which comprehensively documents the family's past. Films from this collection have also been featured in the BBC series 'Nation on Film', which was broadcast in association with the Open University, in 2005.
Films in this collection:
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Holiday in Holland
Mr and Mrs Gowlland record their holiday, touring around The Netherlands in their car, visiting friends and touring the main towns and tourist sights. Maritime history notes in bold added by Peter Enser Spring 2009
Gowlland Film [Film Diary For 1950]
Film of the Gowlland family in 1950 at home and on outings to Fairlight Cove, London, Cambridge and Gloucestershire. The family also attend a wedding, and celebrate Christmas at home.
Mr and Mrs Gowlland and family record their holiday, touring around The Netherlands in their car, visiting friends and seeing the main towns and tourist sights, revisiting some of the places encountered on their trip in 1949.
Gowlland Film 1951
This film shows the Gowlland Family at various events during the year of 1951. They visit their holiday cottage in Sussex; hold a cocktail party at home; celebrate their daughter's 14th Birthday; visit the Festival of Britain Pleasure Gardens and celebrate 'Grandpa's' 70th Birthday.
[Christmas and New Year 1951]
A short film of the Gowlland family at Christmas, showing the children and Mrs Gowlland opening their Christmas presents and showing them to the camera. A New Year's Eve party at home follows, with many of the guests in formal wear.
In this 30 minute film, Mr and Mrs Gowlland record their holiday, touring around Denmark in their car. They visit Copenhagen and other towns, taking in the main tourist sights including Hans Christian Andersen's house in Odense and watch landbuggy sailing on a beach.
A short film showing the Gowlland family with other family members on holiday at their cottage 'Windover' in Fairlight, Sussex. The children play games and musical instruments in the garden, the family group go for walks on the cliffs and down to the beach.
[Family Events 1953]
A film of the Gowlland family showing various activities in the Spring and Summer of 1953. In the spring the children play with the cat in the garden, the family visit Shirley Park Hotel and Ightham Mote. In June the family decorate their home and hold a party for the Queen's Coronation. In July they go to Yardley Court school sports day [Tonbridge], play croquet and relax in the garden.
Europe June 1953 [part 2]
The second part of Mr and Mrs Gowlland's record of their holiday with friends, touring around Europe in their car. In this part they continue their travels through Austria, visiting Arlberg in the Tyrol, and on to Cologne in Germany.
John and Rosemary in Holland
The Gowlland family's eldest children, Rosemary aged 16, and John aged 14, visit the Netherlands, staying with family frineds and viewing local sights.
Europe June 1953 [Part 1]
The first part of Mr and Mrs Gowlland film of their holiday with friends, touring around Europe in their car, visiting France, Monaco, Switzerland, and Austria. They pass through Reims, Dijon, Juan Les Pins, Cannes, and Nice in France. After Monte Carlo, they travel to Ascona, the Rhone valley and Luzern in Switzerland and Brand in Austria.
A Gowlland Film 1954
A film of the Gowlland family in the Summer of 1954 on various outings. The family visit Brands Hatch to watch motor racing and take a trip to London to visit Buckingham Palace. The family are seen in the garden having tea and the children play near a sign saying: 'Danger Deep Excavation'. They also watch the London to Brighton Veteran car run, at the finish line on the seafront near Maderia Drive.
A film of Mr and Mrs Gowlland's holiday in Norway. Traveling around the countryside by car, they visit the city of Bergen; travel through the Jotunheimen mountains and past fjords including Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord and see a glacier and locals in traditional costume. They visit Lillehammer and Oslo, where they meet up with another couple and visit Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Members of the Gowlland family visit Scotland and tour around major attractions. The family film their crossing of the border. They visit; the town of Amulree; Edinburgh Castle; take walks in Aberfeldy; see Braemar and the former home of Robert Louis Stevenson; go to the Spittal of Glenshee; visit Stirling Castle and Hadrian's Wall.
Rosemary in Switzerland
The Gowlland family's oldest daughter Rosemary (aged 17), records brief scenes of her visit to Switzerland. She captures scenes in the city of Zurich, including buildings and the zoo, and films the surrounding landscape.
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