THIS SITE is dedicated to my late grandfather, William Creighton, who worked for many years in the movie industry as a carpenter and model-maker. Initially working on the Clyde shipyards, he was involved in the construction of some of the great ocean liners like the Empress of Britain. During the Second World War, he worked for the Crown Film Unit, and subsequently at Pinewood Studios for many years.
The photographs on this page were rediscovered after lying in storage for almost twenty years after my grandfather's death. Many are unique, in that they were not official publicity photographs, but rather a personal record of his work, both at Pinewood itself and on location all over the world. The original version of this site went online in 1997, with a limited number of pictures available. In 2009, with access to much better equipment, every original picture has been rescanned along with the remaining archive.
CAN YOU HELP? Please have a look at our unidentified photos page, and contact us if you have any information about any of these pictures - thank you! Identification of much of the material is quite difficult, as it relies mainly on what my father can remember! Most of the photographs are not annotated in any way, and identification of some of the locations has proved tricky. Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far!
The site is now organised into themed pages, based around studios and also on major works such as Battle of Britain and James Bond. Please use the links at the top of each page to navigate.