Sir William ('Billy') Butlin(1899-1980), Founder of Butlin holiday camps
Sitter in 13 portraits
Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Butlin was brought up in Canada and served with the Canadian Army in the First World War. He settled in England in 1921, working as a travelling showman in fairgrounds. In 1936 he opened the first Butlin Holiday Camp, outside Skegness, but it was not until after the Second World War that his business boomed; by the 1960s his camps were catering for up to a million people a year.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by William Roberts, for Bahama News Bureau
vintage press print, 1958