Collection John Wood Collection


This collection includes films relating to the lives of British businessmen Austin Reed and Ken Wood, along with mixed family gatherings, weddings and holiday films photographed from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Collection ID766Reference codeSE 051118
TitleJohn Wood Collection
Dates1930s - 1970s
ProductionAustin Reed, Ken Wood and extended families
MaterialsFILM 16mm Standard 8mm Super 8mm
Access statusContact Screen Archive South East for details


This collection features family material from two significant British business dynasties - Ken Wood and Austin Reed.

Kenneth (Ken) Wood established an electrical firm in the 1940s and went on to launch the highly successful Kenwood Chef food mixer in 1950. The mixer became an iconic design as well as a key appliance in British kitchens and internationally, across the 1950s and 1960s.

Austin L. Reed opened his first store on Fenchurch Street in the City of London in 1900, shortly followed by two others at 5 St Mary Axe and 157 Cheapside; and in 1911, the iconic flagship Regent Street store, selling men's ready-to-wear clothing in addition to the bespoke tailoring services.

These two family collections are now connected through marriage. The films in the collection date from the 1930s to the 1970s and include various branches of the families. The films show family events and outings as well as foreign holidays and yachting trips. There are also glimpses of the two businesses in the collections including a promotional event for 'The Kenwood Chef' and scenes at the Austin Reed Regent Street store.

Films in this collection:

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