Title ID 5428Collection ID766
Title[Family and Children; Garden; Austin Reed Headquarters]
Date[ca. 1946?]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Working Life
KeywordsBoats Buildings Canals Children Companies Domestic Gardens Family Landscape Leisure Time Activities Rivers Social Class Trades Urban Areas Villages
RegionalCity of London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionReed Family
CameraReed Family
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film opens with group portrait shots of the extended family, taken in the family garden. In the next scene, Austin Reed and the Board of Directors (?) pose together on the roof of the Austin Reed Headquarters at Summit House, Red Lion Square, London. Views of the open square and street scenes follow, with additional shots of the facade of an Austin Reed branded building.


This compilation of black and white film features family scenes with Austin Reed, his wife, their children and grandchildren in a garden.

On a rooftop at Summit House, Austin Reed stands with the Austin Reed Board of Directors (?) arm in arm slowly advancing towards the camera; followed by rooftop views of Red Lion Square below. Highlights of several street scenes follow and a wide view of the front of a building with balcony terrace and sign: 'Austin Reed' with striped awnings over the facade.

In another garden, Mrs Reed and the family play together, followed by rural scenes. The final scene provides mixed views of two boys playing in row boats on a river. (Excerpts from this and additional colour film features on TID_5422).


a still from [Family and Children; Garden; Austin Reed Headquarters] (1946?)a still from [Family and Children; Garden; Austin Reed Headquarters] (1946?)a still from [Family and Children; Garden; Austin Reed Headquarters] (1946?)a still from [Family and Children; Garden; Austin Reed Headquarters] (1946?)

Contextual information

Standing on Red Lion Square just off High Holborn in central London, Summit House was built in 1925 for the Austin Reed Company. The Austin Reed menswear company was founded in 1900 and by the 1920s had a flagship store on London's Regent Street. The company commissioned the architectural practice of Westwood & Emberton to design a London headquarters for the company. Joseph Emberton was born in Staffordshire in 1889 and was responsible for some of Britain's finest Modernist buildings including Simpson's of Piccadilly (in London) and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Burnham-on-Crouch; he died in 1956. Percy Westwood was born in 1878 and went into practice with Emberton in 1922; he died in 1958. Screen Archive South East and the University of Brighton Design Archives holds a large collection of films and personal and business material donated to the Archives by the Emberton Family .