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 ID105Reference codeS 990330
TitleGowlland Family
Dates1930s - 1960s
ProductionGeoffrey Price Gowlland, Mr. (Father of donor)
MaterialsFILM Standard 8mm Documentation
Access statusContact 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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