Collection Simpson Family


A collection of amateur films from the Simpson family, featuring the Bradford Dyers Association, Shanghai, with additional views of Beijing, Canton and rural towns and villages in China, from ca. 1927 to 1935.

Collection ID960Reference codeSASE 070609
TitleSimpson Family
Dates1920s - 1930s
ProductionWilliam G. Simpson Charlotte L. Simpson
MaterialsFILM 16mm
Access statusContact Screen Archive South East for details


This collection of amateur films by the Simpson family offers a portrait of 'British' family life in China from late 1920s to 1930s. The collection includes several short films highlighting the work of the office of the Bradford Dyers Association in Shanghai, where Mr and Mrs Simpson lived and worked, accompanied by visits to a rural community and travel to tourist hotspots in Shanghai, Peking (Beijing), Hong Kong and Hangzhou.

Mrs Simpson was born in rural China to British parents and Mr Simpson emigrated to China, to work for the Bradford Dyers Association. The couple married in Shanghai Cathedral in the 1930s.

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