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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Images of the gardens of a stately home open the film, where a group of family and friends are seen walking and taking photographs. Ducks in a pond are followed by scenes of a village after snow. The next scenes are of a river, and scenes of a boating party, filmed from the river bank, in the grounds of a country house. The closing shots are of a coastline and harbour, filmed from a boat.
[Warminster and Arley]
This film shows a series of family scenes, opening with a shot of a riverside where the film-maker's wife Kay is relaxing. The next sequence shows views of the surrounding rural landscape with a farmhouse, followed by members of the film-maker's family in a garden and playing together at a playground with their two dogs. They push a dog in a swing and on a roundabout. The film ends with portrait shots of the dogs in a domestic garden.
[Trip to Wales; Visit to Arley]
This film shows a family trip to Commins Coch (Comins Coch) in Wales and to the Arley Estate in Worcestershire, formerly owned by members of the Woodward family (possibly relatives of the film-maker).
[Froy Wedding; Visit to Harlech Castle]
This film shows scenes of a wedding with portraits of the wedding party gathered before the service and the arrival of the bride. The bride and groom then leave the church with the family posing for pictures in the street. Scenes show friends posing for portraits in ornamental gardens, walking dogs with the film-maker's family on a heathland, and a group visit to Harlech Castle.
[Summer at Avebury]
The film opens with tents pitched on the bank of a lake. Motorbikes are parked alongside the car tent and caravan. Family scenes show the Woodwards with their dogs by the lakeside. Young people (perhaps friends of Woodward's daughters) sit on the motorbikes and chat. A National Trust sign for 'Windmill Hill' (a causeway enclosure) is shown followed by shots of several standing stones at Avebury.
[Avebury; Wedding; 80th Birthday]
The film opens on the stone circle at Avebury followed by scenes from a wedding. The bride enters the church and leaves with the groom after the ceremony. They are seen mingling and posing for photographs. The next scene shows an elderly woman sitting up in bed, being visited by family on her 80th birthday. A large group of family members pose together outside, in the front garden of a house.
Guests arrive at a wedding, before the bridal car draws up at the steps of the church and the wedding party enters the building. The bride wears a traditional white dress, escorted by her father (?).
A bride and groom stand on the steps of a church following their wedding ceremony. Guests watch photographs being taken of the wedding party. The next scenes show two tennis matches on Centre Court at Wimbledon - a women's singles match and a men's singles match. The Court staff also unfurl the court protection cover over the grass.
[Work and Leisure in Nigeria]
|Date||1974 - 1975||ID||2779|
Scenes from a long period the Woodward family spent in Nigeria. The film shows the family relaxing at their apartment and by the pool as well as views filmed traveling around the country.
The first shots are of a buffet laid out around a celebratory cake and a display of gifts on a dresser. People are gathered around, eating and talking, in a domestic living room. In a garden there are several wreaths of flowers for a funeral. The following shots are of the exterior of a house, where an extension appears to be being built.
This film shows several rural life and farming scenes, that includes portraits of a young man driving a tractor, cattle in a field, rural views, horses and an elderly woman relaxing in a garden chair. Several men are seen working on tractors. Scenes return to the young man driving the tractor, now with a farming attachment in a field. The film closes with shots of a German Shepherd dog playing outside the farmhouse on Kingsmead Farm (?).
[Family Scenes; Harbour; Garden Party]
This film opens with out of focus shots of a Polo game, followed by a close up of a bunch of flowers on a grass verge or bank [not included in online clip]. Included in clip: Mr Woodward's wife, Kay, is seen in portrait outside their house. The next shots are of swans on a boating lake or harbour with people watching the boats. The shot then cuts to Kay, walking with friends, before the group sit down alongside others to watch an open-air performance.
This film shows guests arriving at a wedding and the bride walking towards the church. After the ceremony, guests mingle outside as photographs are taken of the bride and groom and other members of the wedding party. The bride and groom are later seen cutting the cake and sitting down to the meal with their guests at their reception following a series of speeches.
[Hang Glider; Family Scenes; Cats]
The film opens with scenes of several hang gliders waiting to take off from a hillside and several in flight. A group of teenagers pose for the camera with Mrs Woodward, Kay, before a shot of Mr Woodward holding his dog. The next scenes show young people leaving a house with luggage before boarding a coach on Worthing seafront. Two girls play with the pet dog and cat in a domestic garden.
[Trooping the Colour; Military Tattoo]
This film opens with a brief scene showing a group of women in a garden smoking cigarettes, followed by shots of flowering plants and flowers in pots, on the patio. The next sequence shows scenes from the Queen's Birthday celebration (Jubilee year) of Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade. [not included in online clip] Scenes of crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF flypast and the Royal family on the balcony following the event.
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