Title ID 1681Collection ID105
TitleGowlland Film [Film Diary For 1950]
CollectionGowlland Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Children Christmas Domestic Gardens Everyday Life Family Holidays Hunting Interiors Leisure Time Activities Outings Parks Play Villages Winter
LocalAddiscombe Cambridge Croydon Crystal Palace Fairlight London Penshurst Pett Stow-on-the-Wold Upper Slaughter
RegionalCambridgeshire East Sussex Gloucestershire Greater London Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGeoffrey Price Gowlland
CameraGeoffrey Price Gowlland
ParticipantsGeoffrey Price Gowlland (father); Amy Gowlland (known as Peggy) (mother); Rosemary Gowlland; John Gowlland; George Mark Gowlland (known as Mark) (siblings)
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration30 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film of the Gowlland family in 1950 at home and on outings to Fairlight Cove, London, Cambridge and Gloucestershire. The family also attend a wedding, and celebrate Christmas at home.


The film starts with images of the Dinosaur Park at Crystal Palace followed by scenes of domestic life at their home in Croydon. At Easter, they go to their holiday cottage 'Windover' at Fairlight Cove in Sussex, and in May, they visit various sights in London, including the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The family goes to a wedding in Addiscombe, and in August they are visited by friends from the Netherlands. They return to Fairlight Cove and Rosemary celebrates her 13th birthday there. The family then go on trips to Cambridge and Gloucestershire. At home, the children play the piano and get involved in various activities, including sitting watching their new television set. At Christmas, the family go to watch a hunt meet at Penshurst, the children play in snow in their garden, and on Christmas day, the family open and show off their presents.