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 ID||766||Reference code||SE 051118|
|Title||John Wood Collection|
|Dates||1930s - 1970s|
|Production||Austin Reed, Ken Wood and extended families|
|Materials||FILM 16mm Standard 8mm Super 8mm|
|Access status||Contact 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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[Austin Reed; Family; Armed Forces Garden Display]
This short black and white film opens with an extended family gathering at Austin Reed's home in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. The group play together in the large garden. The final film provides highlights of a visit to the house by a group of US army/armed forces men. The men parade in the garden and take the family for a ride in their military 4x4 vehicle.
[Picnic; Hunt; Fly Fishing; Visit to the Coast]
This film shows a family trip to the countryside. The family have a picnic at the side of the road and watch two hunts as they pass through rural villages. The family also partake in several outdoor pastimes including fly fishing at a lake, horse riding in the countryside, and take a trip to the coast.
[Holiday in Austria]
|Date||[ca. early 1950s ?]||ID||5424|
This short colour film shows a family holiday to Austria. The family stay at the Hotel Mosslacher next to the Worthesee Lake and take a trip to the town of Vorarlberg in the Austrian Alps.
[Holiday to Las Palmas, Canary Islands]
This edited colour and black and white film shows a family holiday aboard a cruise ship on route to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. The couple arrive at Las Palmas and capture panoramic views of the people, and landscape around their hotel.
[Children's Birthday Party; Punch and Judy Show]
This colour film shows highlights from a children's birthday party in a garden, with birthday tea and children's entertainer.
[Family Garden Scenes and Social Events]
This colour and black and white film documents several family gatherings and holidays by the Wood family. The film-maker captures scenes from a child's birthday party, a wedding, a christening (?) and a visit to an airfield with close-up shots of the aircraft coming in to land.
[Deer Park; Family Scenes]
This colour and black and white family film opens with portrait shots of a young boy on a day out at a deer park followed by views of a children playing in a garden and paddling in a pool. The family go on an outing in a car, visit a funfair at Chessington Zoo and attend a christening. Mixed views show children playing ball games in a garden.
[Show Jumping; Family Leisure and Holidays; School Sports Day]
|Date||[ca. 1953]; [ca. 1959]||ID||5441|
This colour and black and white film documents the Wood family on holiday in Cornwall and Devon. The film shows the family at home and at a children's sports day event and showjumping contest.
This film shows a family leaving to go on holiday to France, Switzerland and Italy by car and train.
This holiday film documents a family holiday to a rural lakeside location in Spain (Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife ?), followed by scenes of the family relaxing next to a pool and aboard a ship or ferry playing deck Quoits and posing for the camera during a rough sea journey.
[Trip to the USA, Bangkok and France; Kenwood Company Event]
|Date||[ca. 1953 ?]; [ca. 1959 ?]||ID||5442|
This colour and black and white film shows a series of work and holiday films captured by Ken Wood, including: a business trip aboard the Queen Mary to New York; a short visit to San Francisco; a series of flights and tours to Niagara Falls; Bangkok and Paris. They return to the UK for a promotional event for 'The Kenwood Chef' with staff and company vehicles.
[Plane; Children in Garden; Sports Day]
This edited film opens with two children playing together in a garden pool, followed by views of a school sports day with highlights of race and shot put events on a outdoor sports field inter cut with a group of children playing with their pets and riding ponies.
[Our Wedding in East Africa; Ghana; Louis Armstrong Concert]
This colour film shows and street scenes of urban and coastal life in Ghana, ending with a Jazz concert on a playing field by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars Band, during their tour of the Gold Coast in 1956.
[Liner Holiday Aboard the Europa Trieste]
This colour travelogue style film captures the family's trip aboard the Europa Trieste liner, followed by a land tour of the Eastern Cape and South Africa by car and coach. The family visit several sites on route around the coastline. passing through Mozambique and several townships in South Africa; stopping off at an ostrich farm, Table Mountain and a Nature Reserve.
[Tribal Dances; The Queen Mother Visits Africa; Family Holidays]
|Date||[ca. 1956-1966 ?]||ID||7125|
This colour film shows tribal dance performances, followed by H.M The Queen Mother meeting dignitaries in a town square, a dam under construction and the Zambezi River with Victoria Falls.
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