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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The film opens with a large group of people laughing, talking and posing for portraits outside a hotel, followed by scenes showing a domestic garden with a small dog and a woman sunbathing in a swimsuit. The next film shows several members of the family and friends talking outside a house, and a boy riding a bike around a driveway between parked cars, followed by footage of nearby fields. The final scenes show a group at a garden party in the shadow of Harlech castle (?).
[Leeds Castle; Holiday to Germany]
The film opens with a panorama of Leeds Castle, Kent set next to its lake, followed by scenes showing friends and family walking and sitting together in the grounds on a day out. The family are then seen watching light aircraft on a grassy field, followed by portrait shots of a dog and views of a park with boating lake in West Germany.
[Holiday to Germany; Hurstdene Gardens]
This film shows scenes of Heidelberg Castle and Heidelberg Old Town in Germany, followed by shots of a snowy landscape. Mr Woodward's daughter is seen playing with their dog and walking in the countryside with Mr Woodward. The second part shows the family outside a house, filmed from a window, as children ride their bikes in a courtyard below (continued on TID: 2825).
[Hurstdene Gardens; Brighton Marina; Tarring Garden; Kingsmead Farm; Leeds Castle Lake]
This film shows various scenes including: the family at play in a courtyard filmed from a window (continued from TID: 2824); an group parking a car at Brighton Marina; geese in a field; a domestic garden; a young man and a tractor on a Kingsmead farm in Billingshurst; panoramic views of a field and an older man working on a rusty farm gate. The film ends with close-up shots of geese swimming in a lake at Leeds Castle.
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