Health and welfare

A selection of films of health care and social welfare in the East of England region including pioneering developments in treatment of tuberculosis and transplant surgery.

Cat no. 2159

Papworth Hall, Cambridge

Running time48:27 1918-1924 Papworth, Cambridgeshire

A long silent record of the early years of Papworth Hospital and Village Settlement for the treatment of life-threatening and contagious tuberculosis. Before the development of antibiotics, treatment relied upon fresh air and Papworth provided well-ventilated homes and workshops.

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Cat no. 972

Peeps Into A Day's Work At The North Cambridgeshire Hospital, Wisbech

Running time18:48 Black & White Silent 1924 Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

A record of the facilities and staff of the hospital filmed by Dr Leslie Groom, radiologist and Medical Officer of Health for the Borough of Wisbech. The audience are encouraged to join the contributory scheme at a penny a week covering the whole family.

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Cat no. 2312

The Story of Papworth

Running time17:44 Black & White Sound 1935 Papworth, Cambridgeshire

Directed by Anthony Asquith, a cast of British cinema stars donated their services to film this dramatised story of a working man who develops tuberculosis, and the opportunities he finds at Papworth to recover his health and return to work. Two versions of the fundraising appeal ending were filmed, as Lord Nuffield made a major donation, and the cinema audience were encouraged to contribute to the rest.

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Cat no. 417

The Friends of Kelling

Running time1:07:23 Colour Silent 1948-1975 Kelling, Norfolk

A silent compilation of scenes filmed over a period of 20 years recording the achievements of Kelling Hospital, assisted by the Friends of Kelling, towards improving the medical and social care of patients.

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Cat no. 385

In Need of Care

Running time11:27 Black & White Sound c.1958 Essex

This film made by Essex County Council presents the work of the Children’s Department through a dramatised story of a ten year old girl being taken into care.

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Cat no. 1182


Running time16:48 Colour Sound 1979 Hadleigh, Suffolk

The health and social risks of alcohol demonstrated by Suffolk party people. From the late 1940s onwards, Boulton Hawker films of Hadleigh produced a wide range of films for educational screening which have an additional community and social history value through their filming of local people, crafts, businesses and organisations.

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Cat no. 5097

The Pace-Setters: Prof. Calne

Running time29:36 Colour Sound 1981 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

This programme from BBC East series ‘The Pace-Setters’ profiles the surgeon who pioneered transplant surgery in the United Kingdom at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. The film contains brief scenes of operations, but the emphasis is on the ethics and benefits of transplant surgery.

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