Title ID 10751Collection ID1473
TitleKnitting and Wartime [Rosemary and John Gowlland Oral History clip 1]
Date3 January 2013
CollectionMovies and Memories West Sussex - Project films
Genre/TypeProfessionalScreen Archive South EastNon-fictionOral History
ThemeFamily Life Wartime And Military Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsBeaches Children Family Handicrafts Oral History Second World War (1939-1945)
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionScreen Archive South East
CameraScreen Archive South East
Funding bodyHeritage Lottery Fund
ParticipantsRosemary Milton-Thompson; John Gowlland
Other creditsGillian Edom (oral history interviewer)
FormatColour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Rosemary Milton-Thompson and her brother John Gowlland talk about memories of their mother and father during the Second World War, in this extract from an oral history interview conducted in 2013.


In this oral history extract Rosemary remembers the knitted suits that she wore as a child, made by her mother. Her brother John remembers trips to Worthing beach during the Second World War, though petrol rations and beach defences restricted their visits.


Rosemary and John Gowlland Oral History clip - Knitting and Wartime (2013)

Contextual information

The Screen Archive South East holds over 45 films belonging to the Gowlland family collection spanning the 1930s to the 1960s. The well constructed films recorded the Croydon-based family across the decades, starting with the arrival of their three children and following them growing up during the Second World War. The films go on to cover family holidays, outings and local events in the post-war years, recording the children until the youngest son's wedding in the early 1960s. Geoffrey Price Gowlland (principally behind the camera), his wife Amy Mary (known as Peggy) and their three children, Rosemary, John and George Mark (known as Mark) are featured in the films.

This oral history recording (made as part of the Movies and Memories project) covered their memories of the childhood in West Sussex and their views on the films themselves.

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