Collection Bognor Regis Film Society / Guermonprez


This collection comprises over 50 films offering a unique portrait of life in Bognor in the 1920s and 1930s by Harry Guermonprez, co-founder of the Bognor Regis Film Society.

Collection ID1093Reference codeWS 090507
TitleBognor Regis Film Society / Guermonprez
Dates1920s - 1930s
ProductionHarry Guermonprez
Access statusContact Screen Archive South East for details


The Harry Guermonprez film collection dating from the 1920s and 1930s includes beach scenes in Bognor in the 1920s; various weddings in the town; a ladies’ motorcycle race in 1927; the visit by HM King George V in 1929 and several fiction, documentary, transport and local actuality films. The films were principally shot by local historian and naturalist Harry Guermonprez, who later went on to become co-founder of the Bognor Regis Film Society from 1938.

Guermonprez was a photographer by trade; first in Bognor where he managed one of the chemists and photography shops (seen in TID: 8157) owned by Edward Cleeves, and then in Chichester, where he set up Chichester Photographic Services. After the Second World War he photographed scenes taken in and around the city, many of them for the Chichester Observer. His collection of hundreds of glass plate negatives are now held at the West Sussex Record Office. See also the Bognor Regis Film Society collection CID: 694

Films in this collection:

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