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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[Trip to Southampton]
This short film shows a series of large ships in Southampton dockyard, including cruise liners, military vessels and pleasure craft; followed by scenes of the film-maker's young daughters on board a boat playing with a friend of the family. The group are then seen playing in the streets and on a shingle beach.
[Bob & Diane; Weddings; Snow]
|Date||[1964 - 1965]||ID||2791|
Film of a hedgehog in the garden and family members chatting and posing for the camera in a driveway. Scenes of a wedding and a child building a snowman. Images of a stained glass window are followed by scenes of guests at another wedding at St. Andrew's Church, and West Tarring with views through the stained glass windows.
[Wedding Scenes; Stooner [?]]
|Date||4 April 1964||ID||2801|
This film shows wedding guests outside a church before the service, followed by shots of the bride and groom and the wedding party after the ceremony. Brief footage of the reception follows. The bride and groom are seen driving off along the seafront in a Mini painted 'Just Married' on the back. The film ends with people on a train station platform.
[Christmas and Other Winter Celebrations]
|Date||December 1965; 1966||ID||2794|
The film-maker's family sit down to their Christmas meal. The television is on in the background. After the meal, the family sing and dance by the piano. More family scenes follow, showing the children playing. The film [not included in online clip] ends with Woodward's youngest daughter playing in the bath with the soap bubbles.
Images of Coventry Cathedral (St Michael's Church) and its bombed out ruins with bronze statue depicting St Michael's victory over the Devil and views of the newly built adjacent structure and spire. The film-maker's family are seen feeding pigeons in the grounds followed by scenes of a muddy roadside after heavy flooding.
[Bank Holiday Fair Worthing; Kitty’s Wedding; Paris Trip]
Film showing scenes from two weddings; floats at Worthing Fair; a steam train; a boat trip; a sightseeing holiday to France visiting several noted landmarks including the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and the Eiffel Tower. The film continues on TID: 2773.
[Bank Holiday Fair at Worthing; Chester Zoo; Family at Swanbourne and London; New Forest Ponies]
The film-maker's family are seen on outings at various locations in the UK including: Chester Zoo; Jodrell Bank with views of several Radio Telescopes: Swanbourne: the New Forest: and at home in Worthing. Brief scenes show a CND march through London as filmed from a moving car.
The second part of the Woodward family trip to Paris, visiting the Champs Elysees, Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. This film continues from 2767.
[Bicton Gardens Miniature Railway]
Scenes from the narrow 18-inch gauge miniature railway in the grounds of Bicton Gardens are followed by shots of the gardens with manicured lawns, fountains, ponds and statues as viewed from the train.
Ilford Colourcine titles open this film, followed by scenes of the beginning of a cycle race as the peloton passes through a village with a helicopter flying overhead. Competitors are then filmed from a car window, along with the backed-up traffic.
[Longleat Wildlife Park; Fishbourne; Lake District]
Shots from a car show Lions roaming at Longleat Wildlife Park as cars pass in the background followed by two bear cubs. Groups of people stand talking on a roadside, before boarding a coach. Images follow of the family visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace, viewing a tesserae floor mosaic and a human skeleton. The family pet dogs and a foal, is followed by scenes outside the family home. The film finishes with scenes of the family on holiday in the Lake District.
Continuation of the film entitled: 'Holiday to Scotland' on TID: 2807. This film shows the film-maker's holiday to Northumberland, that includes the family playing on a beach with their dog, walking the coastline, visiting Holy Island, Lindisfarne castle and Hadrian's Wall, closing with images of the rural landscape. [No scenes of Scotland included]
[Trip to the Lakes]
The film shows the Woodward family, on a caravanning holiday in the Lake District that includes the group playing at a lakeside, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Woodward's daughters play and climb over waterfalls as his wife walks the dog. The film ends with further views of the family next to their car and the surrounding scenery.
[Holiday to Scotland]
The film opens with shots of boats on a lake surrounded by mountains, followed by footage of local scenery. The film-maker's family is then seen bathing and playing by the lakeside. Film continues on TID:2781(?).
Holiday in Spain
Scenes of a cruise ship and a family holiday to Guernica and Bilbao, in the Basque Country, followed by views of Oxford and a castle in the UK.
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