Title ID 1683Collection ID105
TitleGowlland Film 1951
CollectionGowlland Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBirthdays Buildings Celebrations Children Cultural Events Domestic Gardens Fairgrounds Family Farming Festival of Britain (1951) Film Making Landscape Leisure Time Activities Play Villages
LocalAlfriston Battersea Croydon Fairlight
RegionalEast Sussex Surrey Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGeoffrey Price Gowlland
CameraGeoffrey Price Gowlland; Rosemary Gowlland
ParticipantsGeoffrey Price Gowlland (father); Amy Gowlland (known as Peggy) (mother); Rosemary Gowlland; John Gowlland; George Mark Gowlland (known as Mark) (siblings); 'Grandpa Raymond'
FormatColour Silent
Duration19 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows the Gowlland Family at various events during the year of 1951. They visit their holiday cottage in Sussex; hold a cocktail party at home; celebrate their daughter's 14th Birthday; visit the Festival of Britain Pleasure Gardens and celebrate 'Grandpa's' 70th Birthday.


The family visit their holiday cottage 'Windover' in Fairlight, Sussex, at Easter. There, the boys dress up and play 'Cowboys and Indians'. Back at home, in July, the Gowlland's hold a cocktail party in their garden. Cocktails are mixed and canapés are served to the guests. In August, back at Windover cottage, the family go for long walks on the cliffs, they visit a farm and see the hay being harvested. The children play games in the garden. Daughter, Rosemary, celebrates her birthday and a cake with 14 lit candles is brought out. In the garden the children play whilst the adults relax on the lawn. The children make thumb pots with clay. Siblings, Rosemary and Mark peel potatoes. The family go for more walks along the cliffs and the hay harvesting continues at the farm. At the end of the holiday, the family group poses for a portrait in the garden.

In September, the family visit the Festival of Britain 'Pleasure Gardens' at Battersea Park. There are scenes of women dressed in period costume, fountains, crowds, clowns and a marching band. The children ride on Emett's 'Far Tottering And Oyster Creek Railway' and on a roller coaster, boating pond and on other fair ground rides. There is a shot of the 'Guinness Clock' and other buildings. In November the family drive to Horam and Alfriston in Sussex. There are scenes of the family standing with their car, and shots of the landscape including the 'Long Man of Wilmington'. A title reads: 'Grandpa Raymond Seventieth Birthday'. The large family group arrives at a pub in Alfriston and they look around the village. The film ends with a shot of Mr Gowlland with his cine camera and shows him filming the titles with the help of one of his sons.