Collection Emberton Family
Prominent British architect Joseph Emberton filmed his family and travels during the 1930s and early 1950s. The collection includes family life at their Surrey home and holidays abroad as well as glimpses of Emberton's modernist style architecture.
|Collection ID||43||Reference code||S 951110|
|Dates||1920s - 1950s|
|Materials||FILM 16mm FILM EQUIPMENT Audio DOCUMENTATION Ephemera|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Prominent British architect Joseph Emberton filmed his family and their travels during the 1930s and early 1950s. His films focused on his two young daughters, Jocelyn and Gillian, as they grew up in their Surrey home. Emberton's daughters were filmed as toddlers, playing in their garden and being supervised by their mother and their nanny. Birthday parties and Christmas celebrations, picnics, outings and visits from relatives were all recorded. The filming stopped during the War years, but after the war, films continued - capturing moments from the girls' teenage years and into their early 20s.
Many of Emberton's films also record family holidays. The children paddle in the water on trips to the Cornish seaside, and their mother, Kathleen Emberton, practices body boarding using an early wooden surfboard. Joseph Emberton also filmed his travels further afield, traveling to European, American and African destinations. Notable journeys include business trips to pre-war Germany in 1937 to see the DĂĽsseldorf Exhibition [Exhibitions] (1937-1938), and to New York in 1938 and a cruise with his wife to Morocco on board the Cap Arcona in [Christmas Cruise - Trip to Africa] (ca.1935).
Examples of Joseph Emberton's modernist designs include the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley (1925), the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham-on-Crouch (1931), Simpsons of Piccadilly (1935) and buildings at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (1935-1939). Emberton's keen interest in architecture is apparent in many of his films, whereby the camera often focused on the modern architectural forms he observed on his foreign trips.
Films in this collection:
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[Christmas Cruise - Trip to Africa]
A film by Joseph Emberton of a cruise on board the Cap Arcona with his wife, Kathleen, and friends to Morocco at Christmas time, travelling via Tenerife, Madeira, and Portugal.
[Visit by Grandparents; Outings]
Scenes of the Emberton family at home a few months after their second daughter was born and on outings including a picnic and boating on the River Wey.
[At the Seaside]
Scenes of the Emberton family on holiday at the seaside at Polzeath, playing on the beach and in the sea. A second part of the film shows the family at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and features architecture designed by Joseph Emberton.
[Seaside; Tennis; Dog; Christmas]
Scenes of the Emberton family on holiday in Devon, at home at a children's Christmas party and a few years later playing in the garden.
[Baby, Planes and Garden]
Three short scenes filmed by Joseph Emberton, including; a brief shot of baby, a number of planes taking off and landing at Fairoaks airport near Chobham, and the Emberton's daughter Gillian as a toddler, wearing a raincoat in the garden.
[Jocelynâ€™s 3rd Birthday]
A Dufaycolor film of the Emberton family, showing; daughter, Jocelyn Emberton, on an outing to the countryside, in the garden with her mother, at the beach, and at her third birthday party. At the birthday party, a gathering of children, their mothers and nannies enjoy tea and games in the garden. The film ends with a royal parade, possibly King George V's Silver Jubilee(?). Dufaycolor was an early film system that employed a matrix of red, green and blue to produce colour on film. This matrix pattern is clearly in evidence in the online clips.
[J. Klingenbergâ€™s wedding 2]
The second part of a film of scenes at a wedding attended by the Emberton family where daughter Jocelyn Emberton is a bridesmaid.
A group of friends, filmed by Joseph Emberton on a sailing trip, visiting islands in the Baltic Sea and Denmark. The group go cycling, canoeing, swimming and visit a zoo whilst on their trip.
The Funeral of King George V; The Coronation of King George VI
|Date||28 January 1936; 12 May 1937||ID||1551|
Film by Joseph Emberton of the funeral of HM King George V showing scenes of the crowds on the streets and the funeral procession. This is followed by film of the coronation of HM George VI, also showing the crowds watching from buildings and lining the streets, and the procession.
[Gillian and Jocelyn at the Seaside]
A film of the Emberton family on a holiday.The two daughters play on a sandy beach and in a garden with their parents and dog. Their mother flies a kite and Jocelyn rides a tricycle. Their father, Joseph is seen briefly with the girls. Scenes show an estuary with boats and a shot of a Hindenburg Zeppelin, with Nazi Swastika on the fins [D-LZ 27?], flying over head.
[Jocelyn and Gillian in the Garden]
Scenes of the Emberton family, featuring young sisters Jocelyn and Gillian at home. Mother Kathleen, and father Joseph, play with the girls in the garden; the girls play with toys and the dog, and Jocelyn helps to build a snowman.
[J. Klingenbergâ€™s Wedding 1]
A very short film showing Joseph and Kathleen Emberton and friends before they attend a wedding. They are seen dressed for the wedding sitting on a swing seat in a garden and arriving by river boat. [See also the second part of this film ~[J. Klingenberg's Wedding 2] (ca.1937)~ showing the wedding guests after the ceremony.
Joce and Gill at Home
|Date||1936 - 1940||ID||1563|
A compilation of family scenes spanning the late 1930s filmed by architect Joseph Emberton. The youngest daughter learns to walk; the two daughters play in the garden; the grandparents visit; there are outings to a lido, two birthday parties and a Christmas dinner. They also visit the Casino building in Blackpool, designed by Joseph Emberton.
[Jocelyn and Gillian at Home: Early Scenes]
|Date||[1936 - 1938?]||ID||1564|
Scenes of home life with the Emberton family children. Jocelyn Emberton gets ready for bed, with the help of the nanny. Gillian Emberton is seen as a baby in a cot and later as a toddler, learning to walk. Jocelyn recovers in bed from a mastoid operation, Gillian spends time in bed with a cold, and the girls play with toys at Christmas time.
A film by architect Joseph Emberton of a holiday with his wife Kathleen to Brittany. The film begins in St. Malo and they visit Dinard, Mont St. Michel, Coutance Cathedral and Deauville. They travel through Brittany in their Bentley car and enjoy the local architecture as well as the beaches.
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