Collection Giles Family
A rich collection of colour 16mm films captured by the Giles Family of their home-life and activities spanning the 1930s to the late 1970s. Films in the collection include portraits of daily life in the run-up to the Second World War and the activities of the Auxiliary Fire Service along with domestic scenes and caravan holidays across the decades.
|Collection ID||1112||Reference code||S 091007|
|Dates||1930s - 1970s|
|Production||Eric Leese Giles|
|Materials||FILM 16mm Documentation|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Eric Leese Giles (1901-1987) worked as an apprentice at his grandfather's company Morgan's the Coachbuilders and trained in the modelling and designing of car bodies.
In 1923 Giles qualified as an interior designer, becoming an associate of the Incorporated Institute of British Decorators, later to become the British Institute of Interior Designers. During this time he worked on the Penthouse Suite at the Dorchester Hotel in 1956 and the new Spillers Headquarters Directors suite completed in 1961.
Eric Giles became a member, and then president, of the Bugatti Owners Club (BOC); having designed a chassis for Bugatti as well as the front cover of the club's magazine. Eric Giles also owned a 1930 type 46 Bugatti, which he used as a tow engine for an Auxiliary Fire Service pump during the Second World War. The vehicle was purchased to support his service to the Auxiliary Fire Service, later named the National Fire Service at the outbreak of War. Giles served at the action station at Kettlewell in Woking, Surrey, taking part in several local AFS competitions and demonstrations in addition to his local duties. Several displays were filmed and are included in this collection. Eric Giles reached the rank of Senior Company Officer and was responsible for a large area of Surrey and Sussex, later retiring from the National Fire Service in 1946.
Eric Giles lived in Ottershaw and then at the family house 'Sunnymede' in Chobham, Surrey for many years with his family and pet dogs who feature strongly in the films. Several films show the gardens and grounds of their house throughout the seasons across a twenty year period from the 1950s to the late 1970s. Upon retirement, Giles' spent much of his time on caravanning holidays with his wife and several of these holidays are featured in films in the collection. Giles also maintained his interest with motorcycles, riding in the Pioneer London to Brighton run well into his 80s.
Films in this collection:
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This family film opens with snowy scenes of the family home and garden in Chobham, Surrey, followed by scenes of the family on holiday in Cornwall, Dymchurch, Thurleston, Norfolk, West Bay and boarding a P&O ferry the SS Oriana, on route to Australia (?). This film is intertitled throughout and has an animated opening title.
This film shows scenes of the family at 'Sunnymede', their home in Chobham, Surrey, including scenes of the garden flowers, a young baby, and various pets. The film also shows Mr and Mrs Giles on holiday with their puppy in Cornwall and Dorset.
This film shows scenes in the garden at 'Sunnymede', the family home in Chobham; a holiday in Cornwall and Kent and a wedding at a church in Surrey.
This colour family film opens with winter shots of the family home in Chobham, a family wedding followed by the family on holiday in Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk and Sussex. A brief shot shows Mr Giles in St Peter's Hospital in Surrey.
This film shows the Giles family on holiday in Cornwall, Gloucestershire and on holiday in Malta. The family also attend a Bugatti race day at Lyddon Hill Race Circuit with a vintage chassis vehicle and a horse riding event.
This family film opens with snowy scenes of their Chobham home and garden, followed by highlights of the London to Brighton Pioneer Motorcycle Run. The family also go on holiday with their caravan across a number of sites in Cornwall, Dorset and Falmer and fell a very large Elm tree in their garden.
This film opens with a traditional wedding party standing on the steps outside a church, followed by shots of 'Sunnymede', the family's home and garden in Chobham at springtime and the family on a Caravan holiday at various sites across East and West Sussex. This film is intertitled throughout.
This film shows the Giles family on holiday in Cornwall and with their caravan in East and West Sussex. The film also features Eric Giles on his vintage Harley Davidson motorbike, followed by interior shots of the family celebrating Christmas at home in Chobham. This film is intertitled throughout.
This film shows the family on holiday in Wiltshire, West and East Sussex and on a day out to the National Trust property, Bateman's, plus a visit to the gardens and grounds at Sheffield Park. The family also visit relatives at Christmas time in Devizes and spend some time at home managing the gardens.
Sunnymede 1976-77 
This film shows the family and pets at their home 'Sunnymede' in Chobham, Surrey; and attending a Bugatti Owners Club event at Prescott Hill, Gloucestershire.
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