Title ID 6Collection ID463
TitleFamily Album (1851-1965)
CollectionSeafarer's Education Centre/Gas Council Material
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeTransport Urban Life
KeywordsEveryday Life Industry
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGas Council
CameraJosef Ambor
DirectorJacques Brunius; Montgomery Tully
ProducerDema Sagovsky
Commissioning bodyGas Council
EditorPatrick Ashton
NarratorGordon Henry Davies
MusicEric Spear
CastDavid Markham; Rachel Gurney
Other creditsMartin Films; Greenpark Productions; Film Producers Guild
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration32 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film, made by the Gas Council, follows the history of the Blake family from 1851 up to 1965. The film documents social changes and industrial progress over the period with occasional references to developments in domestic gas appliances.


The film begins in the 19th Century, in Richard Blake’s house, with a quarrel over the use of gas or candles. The 1850s sees the introduction of amateur photography and in 1880 the typewriter and economy gas stove. In the Age of Invention: there is the bicycle, car and telephone. A demonstration of moving pictures (L’Arroseur Arrosée, Queen Victoria's Jubilee, The highlanders, HM The Queen. Victoria's funeral, HM The King, Edward VII coronation). This is followed by a look at the opening of a tram-line, the development of the horseless carriage (the automobile), the Suffragettes, and the First World War. The film cites the arrival of gas fires, the radio, the refrigerator, a gas cooker and the portable wireless. The Second World War is followed by the arrival of television and the washing machine. In 1952 the funeral of HM King George VI. In 1953 the Coronation of HM The Queen Elizabeth II. In 1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. 1965 see developments in the transportation of liquid gas. In the present (1965) there are sports cars, gas heating, and modern housing. The film then looks to the future.