Theme case study Girlhood

Archive footage of girls growing up in Surrey, Sussex and Kent, as captured by amateur filmmakers from the collection. The material highlights changing images of childhood and of girls, as well as reflecting the perspectives of those behind the camera.

Items in the collection feature girls captured on film by their parents (usually with the Father behind the camera), or by their School or Girl Guide group.

Pam Staley is seen growing up as an only child in 1920s and 30s Bognor Regis, enjoying the attention of the camera as she plays on the beach, at home, on walks and going to School.

Sisters Jocelyn and Gillian Emberton are filmed as children by their Architect father at their large family home, during lavish garden parties, at the Lido, dressing up at Christmas time and being looked after by their Nanny.

Rosemary Gowlland's childhood is captured in detail, starting with being weighed as a baby, then through her early years during war-time developments as the family group install black-out blinds and try on gas masks.

The Girls of Hove school are seen in their cooking class and art class in contrast to the boys in their metal-work classes, whilst children at the School Farm in Rye appear to all muck-in with the animal husbandry duties.

This theme is inspired by the UN International Day of the Girl Child and the work of Dr Louise Fitzgerald at the University of Brighton.