Collection Geoffrey Woodward
The Woodward family collection spans almost three decades from 1957 to the 1980s. The films record family scenes with the children at play, taking several outings, participating in school sports days and several family holidays to Paris, Germany and Spain. Of particular note are the films of Mr Woodward's time in Nigeria where he once lived and worked.
|Collection ID||336||Reference code||WS 011005|
|Dates||1957 - 1989|
|Materials||FILM Standard 8mm Super 8mm|
|Access status||contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The film-maker, Geoffrey H. Woodward, his wife Kay, and daughters Alexis (Alex) and Elizabeth (Liz) lived in various parts of West Sussex and Surrey. Over the years he filmed his family growing up, recording special occasions and holidays throughout Britain and abroad, as well as documenting local events.
The early films largely record family scenes, with the Woodwards' youngest daughter Alexis, still a baby. She and her sister are seen at play, visiting farmyards, wildlife parks and zoos, and participating in school sports days and gymkhanas. Scenes from several weddings feature particularly strongly in this collection, as do celebrations in general, be they Christmas festivities or an 80th birthday bringing a large extended family together. The collection also records many local events including Worthing Fair, with the Woodward family participating in the floats and parades. Other events include local amateur dramatic society productions; the opening of the Worthing Yacht Club in 1958 and a veteran car rally along Brighton's seafront among several car shows, cycle races and air shows.
The collection also features films of their trips to Paris, Germany and the Basque region in Spain, and of particular note are the films showing Woodward's time in Nigeria where he once lived and worked. Geoffrey Woodward was also a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (FCIS).
Films in this collection:
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[Elizabeth; Alexis in the Park]
|Date||[ca. May 1960?]||ID||2806|
A young girl and a woman are seen waving behind a glass door. Lettering on the building reads "Worthing Hospital Ten Crusade Children's Ward Block.1937". This is followed by scenes of Woodward's daughter playing in a street, and (dark) backstage preparations for a theatre production (likely to be the West Sussex Players (?)). Cast members in costume also pose for the camera outside a building next to Worthing Pier.
[Wells Cathedral; SS Great Britain, Bristol]
Footage of the City of Wells, and the exterior of Wells Cathedral is followed by a close-up of its clock and other shots of the building. The film-maker and his family are then seen out for a walk with their dogs. There follows footage of a trip to Bristol, beginning with a visit to S.S. Great Britain, with shots on board the then derelict vessel. A sign outside requests donations to help fund the restoration project.
[Graham Road Wedding]
This film opens with a group of people outside a house decorating a wedding car, as the bride and groom prepare to leave. A bridesmaid and several guests stand outdoors (continued from TID:2793). This is followed by shots of a trip to the City of Wells and lakeside scenes in the shadow of the cathedral (second part of visit continues on TID:2810).
[Family Scenes Kittens]
|Date||1961 - 1962||ID||2799|
A very short black and white scene showing the film-maker's daughters in a front room, hugging and playing with kittens.
[Family Scenes at Billinghurst]
This film starts with a television screen showing a talent show "Home Grown" created by Southern Television, with a female singer, and a barbershop group, followed by the programme credits, with Southern star logo to end. The scene then changes to footage of the film-maker's eldest daughter helping her younger sister to ride a pony, and then riding the pony herself.
[Whitsun at Essex; Alexis on Scooter]
This film shows a series of images of a lake, with the film-maker's daughters feeding swans. The girls are then seen at a farmyard, with pigs. Brief shots of steam boats and a woman holding a vase of flowers follow, before the cutting to scenes of several women and a man leaving a house in formal attire. The film ends with footage of Woodward's youngest daughter playing on a scooter in their driveway.
[Whitsun at Essex]
Footage of the film-maker's daughters taking horse riding lessons is followed by shots of a large country house. Further scenes show the eldest daughter riding, as the youngest girl plays on a mound of sand. The girls then play with two kittens, before cutting to exterior shots of Framlingham Castle in Suffolk.
The film-maker's young daughter is shown with her parents in the garden dressed in fancy dress on a lounge swing. This is followed by footage of a gymkhana on a recreation ground, in which the film-maker's eldest daughter participates. The family are seen watching the young competitors' preparations and there is footage of some of the events.
[Fair; Chessington Zoo]
At a Worthing fair, cattle are paraded, followed by a procession of floats and a marching band (possibly for a Rotary Club event ?). The film-maker's family feed and pet a hedgehog in their garden. Shots of various animals in their enclosures at Chessington Zoo follow. The film ends with footage of the film-maker's youngest daughter playing in front of their house with her mother and another young woman in a red dress.
The wedding party are shown leaving a house for the service at St Columba's Presbyterian Church, Worthing. The party pose on the steps of the church before entering, followed by shots of the ceremony before the bride and groom pose together outside the church with the guests. The couple leave the church for their reception by car, followed by shots of their speeches and the cutting of the two-tiered wedding cake.
[Amateur Theatre Play: West Sussex Players "Arms and The Man"]
This film shows scenes from a play "Arms and The Man" by playwright George Bernard Shaw, as performed by an amateur cast - the West Sussex Players. The group are seen preparing backstage, followed by a compilation of extended scenes from a performance.
[Family Scenes; Elizabeth and Alexis]
Footage of a group of people (West Sussex Players?) at a dance, in 'Wild West' costume, opens this film. Scenes also show a man in a oversized sombrero hat, and a series of portraits. This is followed by scenes of the film-maker's daughters, the older girl accompanying her younger sister as she rides a pony down a country lane.
[Royal Russell School Queenâ€™s Visit]
|Date||20 May 1963; 1963||ID||2787|
A film showing HM The Queen Elizabeth II's visit to The Royal Russell School, meeting school dignitaries which includes Headmaster (?) Mr Madden and others, and touring the school buildings. The film ends with scenes of a boating lake and the film-maker's daughters riding bicycles.
[Visit to Clapham; Snow; Alexis]
|Date||5 November 1963; January - February 1964||ID||2796|
The opening scene appears to be a Bonfire Night procession. The flames of torches held by a large crowd are seen against a black background, in which the people holding them are only occasionally discernible. This then cuts to a rural landscape covered in thick snow (shots shown with a magenta cast), and images of Alexis, Woodward's daughter, playing outside their home on a bicycle.
[Alexis School Sports; Findon Gymkhana]
The film opens with scenes from a school sports day, recording various events and the prize giving ceremony. This is followed by footage of a Pony Club (?) gymkhana where the young competitors are in fancy dress. The film ends with scenes from a farmyard that the Woodward's daughters are visiting, that includes chickens, ducks, horses and a Corgi dog.
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