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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[Family Events, 1955]
Film of the Gowlland family on various outings in the Summer of 1955. The film shows the family on walks at Fairlight cove; and in the garden in August, playing badminton and cards. The family members indulge in various pass-times on a visit to the beach at Middleton near Bognor Regis, and stay at a holiday cottage there. They also visit Bodiam Castle, Rye, Chichester and go to the races at Kempton Park in October.
[Family Events 1956]
Film of the Gowlland family on various outings in the Spring and Summer of 1956. The film shows a trip to Tonbridge at Easter and countryside walks. The family then travel to Canterbury and visit relatives. In May they watch the Cambridge 'May Bumps' rowing race, watch a polo match and visit the Newforest. They hold a garden party at home, watch the London to Brighton Veteran car run, visit a Mink Farm and watch a cricket match.
A short film of the Gowlland family at their home in Croydon in springtime and on holiday by the sea at Fairlight Cove. At home the Gowllands play croquet in the garden with other relatives. At Fairlight they visit a pub, go on a picnic, and paddle in the sea.
Tonbridge; Skinners Day
|Date||July 1957; August 1957||ID||1696|
A short film of the Gowlland family on an outing to Tonbridge boys' school where they visit the town, watch a cricket match, and attend the school's 'Skinners' Day' marking the end of Summer term. The intertitle 'With the O'Farells on the Thames' precedes scenes of the Gowlland family boating at Moulsford-On-Thames in Oxfordshire.
[Holiday in Scandinavia]
Film of members of the Gowlland family on holiday in Scandinavia, revisiting many of the sights they went to on their trip to Denmark in '52 and Norway in '54. In Denmark they pass through Ribe and Romo, go to Hans Christian Andersen's house in Odense and see the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen. In Norway, they go to the Holmenkollen ski jump, revisit the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, and take in the landscape and culture of the region.
New Forest, Whitsun 1959
The Gowlland family on holiday with friends in the New Forest, staying at the Forest Park Hotel. The group take car rides and go for walks. The family film some of the New Forest ponies with foals. Mrs Gowlland goes horse riding and does some watercolour painting and visit the hamlet of Bucker's Hard.
1: Riviera; 2: [Easter Parade Hyde Park]
Two films from the Gowlland family. The first shows Mr and Mrs Gowlland on holiday on the Riviera. They travel by BEA plane to Nice and stay in Monte Carlo where they film the main sights in the town and surrounding area and the local Citron festival and carnival. The second film has scenes of an Easter parade in Hyde Park showing crowds and the passing carriages.
[Family Homes at Squerrys and Poyntington]
|Date||1960 - February 1961||ID||1701|
The Gowlland family film their move from their home 'Squerrys' in Croydon, Surrey to their new house 'Poyntington' in Westerham, Kent. The film shows furniture loaded into the removal van. At their new house, members of the family relax in the garden. A tree stump in the garden is filmed being removed. At Westerham station, a steam train waits to depart.
John & Liz Wedding
|Date||17 March 1962||ID||1702|
The wedding of the Gowlland's eldest son John. The film begins with the wedding invitation, addressed to Mr and Mrs Gowlland. At St. Peter's Church, in South Croydon. The guests and the Bridesmaids arrive and the Best Man welcomes them. After the wedding, there are photos of the Bride and Groom outside the Church. Further photos of the wedding party are staged in the garden at the reception.
[Bluebell Railway; Garden Scenes]
|Date||1962 - 1963||ID||1703|
Film from the Gowlland family collection showing a journey on the Bluebell Railway from Sheffield Park Station. Geoffrey Gowlland is seen cutting up logs, and family members including John Gowlland and his wife Elizabeth are seen relaxing in the garden on deckchairs, smoking, reading and and playing with the dog.
[Poyntington Garden; Bluebell Railway]
This film shows members of the Gowlland family at their home 'Poyntington' in Westerham, Kent. John and Elizabeth Gowlland arrive with a toddler and baby. The children play in the garden with their parents and grandparents. On an outing to the Bluebell Railway the family board the steam train at Sheffield Park Station and ride to Horsted Keynes.
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