Detail

Title ID 972Collection ID453
TitleRamsgate Peace Memorial, Plans and Laying of the Foundation Stone by HRH The Duchess of Kent
Date11 November 1947; 19 May 1948
Genre/TypeProfessionalNon-fiction
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsCeremonies Hospitals Royalty
Location
LocalRamsgate
RegionalKent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionPlatinum Film Productions Ltd.
CameraP. Weld Dixon; Robert Hakewill
DistributorVisual Information Service (168a, Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11)
EditorP. Weld Dixon
ParticipantsMayor Alderman J. J. White. Kenyon Daniel, President of the hospital. Alderman, the Rev. Harcourt Samual, Chairman of the hospital and the Memorial Fund. Reverend S. B. Green. Alderman G. W. Twigger. Princess Margaret, H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent. Rt. Rev. The Bishop of Dover.
Format16mm Black & White Sound
Duration10min. 58sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

In the first part of the film, work commences on the outpatients and casualty departments at Ramsgate General Hospital with the cutting of the sod ceremony, conducted by the mayor of Ramsgate. The second part of the film, filmed six months later, features the laying of the foundation stone by HRH The Duchess of Kent.

Description

“The Ramsgate Peace Memorial"

Titles state: "On 1st January, 1848, the Seaman’s Infirmary was founded at Ramsgate. In 1909 the existing buildings were opened as the Ramsgate General Hospital. Proposed extensions to the hospital include an Outpatient and Casualty Department, estimated to cost £50,000. Ramsgate has decided that this department shall be the town’s Peace Memorial. - On the 11th November 1947, the Mayor Alderman J. J. White cut the first sod, thus commencing work on the Memorial, which when completed will provide much needed specialist service for the people of our town”. Shots of the hospital building and grounds; a flag flies and the mayor and other dignitaries make their way onto a podium in the grounds. Title: “Kenyon Daniel, President of the Hospital presided”. Shots of the president making a speech; a spade lies on a table in front of him. Title: “Alderman, the Rev. Harcourt Samuel, Chairman of the Hospital and the Memorial Fund Committee outlined the project". Shots of Rev. Harcourt Samuel making a speech; shots of the audience listening, including nurses. Title: "The Mayor, Alderman J.J. White". Shots of the mayor making a speech before cutting the first sod. Title: “Dedicatory Prayers were offered by the Rev. S. B. Green, Mayor’s chaplain". Shots of the Rev. S. B. leading the prayers. Title: “Alderman G. W. Twigger, J. P., thanked the Mayor for officiating”. Shots of Alderman G. W. Twigger making a speech. The assembled crowd disperses. Title: “A large part of the sum of £50,000 has been raised locally by subscriptions and otherwise, but donations are still needed". Title: “The end”.

“The Ramsgate Peace Memorial Part 2"

Titles state: "On 1st January, 1848, the Seaman’s Infirmary was founded at Ramsgate. In 1909 the existing buildings were opened as the Ramsgate General Hospital. Proposed extensions to the hospital include an Out Patient and Casualty Department, estimated to cost £50,000. Ramsgate has decided that this Department shall be the town’s Peace Memorial. - On the afternoon of the 19th May, 1948, H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent, C.I., G.C.V.O., G.B.E., laid the Foundation Stone”. Shots of the hospital; crowds gather in the town to welcome The Duchess of Kent; shots of The Duchess getting out of her car. She talks briefly to soldiers; a band plays; The Duchess talks to nurses. Title: “Mrs. Jane Champkin, 105 years old, and Ramsgate’s oldest resident is presented to Her Royal Highness”. Shots of The Duchess talking to Mrs Jane Champkin, before taking her place on the podium with the other dignitaries. Title: "The Mayor, Alderman J.J. White". Shots of the mayor making a speech. Title: “Alderman The Rev. Harcourt Samuel, Chairman of the Hospital, and of the Memorial Fund Committee, invites Her Royal Highness to lay the Foundation Stone”. Shots of the Rev. Harcourt Samuel; men use a winch to maneuver the foundation stone into place. The Duchess makes a speech. Title: "The Rt. Rev. The Bishop of Dover". Shots of the bishop leading prayers. Title: "H. Kenyon Daniel, Esq., President of the Hospital". Shots of the final speech; The Duchess is led off by the mayor. Title: "The Inspection of the Hospital"; brief shots of the children's ward. Title: “And now, on a day unlike other days...a day that will live down through the years in our hearts, Her Royal Highness leaves Ramsgate”. Shots of the royal car driving away; the large crowd begins to move off. Title: "The End".