Films related to the work of the Pestalozzi Village Trust and its educational work (based near Battle) from around 1958 to the present day, applying the philosophy of Johann Pestalozzi, providing refuge and education in matters of integration, multiculturalism and overseas developments. The collection includes Thames Television and BBC footage as well as amateur material.
|Collection ID||799||Reference code||ES 060301|
|Dates||1940s - 2010s|
|Production||Pestalozzi Broadcast Television Material|
|Materials||FILM DOCUMENTATION VIDEO 16mm Super 8mm EPHEMERA Lantern Ephemera|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Sedlescombe was founded by Dr. Henry Alexander, a Jewish refugee from Berlin and Chairman of the British Pestalozzi Association and Mrs. Mary Buchanan, Hon. Gen. Secretary of the Association. This initiative followed on from the success of a similar village at Trogen in Switzerland, which was established by Dr Walter Corti in 1946 to care for war orphans from Europe, some of whom were from England as seen in Milestone: Children’s Village Trogen (1947?) & Three Swiss Newsreel Items: Pestalozzi Children Village in Trogen (ca. 1950).
Screen Archive South East's collection of Pestalozzi films is comprised of over 40 amateur and professional films that feature life at the Village since its early days and reflect the changes over the subsequent years.
In the early days, the village housed refugees from Displaced Persons Camps in Europe; however after the camps were abolished, the Trust changed its focus to provide educational opportunities for children from the poorest parts of the world. From 1963 until 1997, the Village welcomed Tibetan refugees from India who are seen in Two Way Ticket (1968) and performing for His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Dalai Lama visit to Pestalozzi (1973?) and later refugees from Vietnam, Palestine, Nigeria, Thailand, Nepal and India. These children attended Sedlescombe Junior School and later, Claverham College. During this time the Village aimed to promote the Pestalozzi "Head, Heart and Hands" approach and the children were involved in the building of houses and workshops and running the Village farm. Many of the films in the collection are from this period, including They Built It Themselves (1969-1972), Let’s Go Out (1975), Pestalozzi Children’s Village; Building work; farming; metal work (ca. 1977) & The Pestalozzi Story (1984).
Since 1997, the Village has welcomed students from Africa and Asia who would otherwise have had no opportunity for education. They study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which includes 'Creativity, Action and Service' components. A Year in the Life of a Pestalozzi Student (2000) records the daily activities and experiences of students as they study for the International Baccalaureate (IB). As well as helping young people from a wide variety of countries, the Village has also enabled the local community in East Sussex to learn firsthand about other cultures and continues to promote international understanding in the local community and beyond, through events such as the Festival of Culture as seen in UK Today Programme on Pestalozzi (1997).
The organisation is now called The Pestalozzi International Village Trust. Its website holds information about the organisation's history and the 'archive project' which gives a timeline and includes a series of archive photographs and documents. All organisational records and documents are now cared for by the East Sussex Record Office held at The Keep.
Films in this collection:
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The Pestalozzi Story
|Date||9 April 1984||ID||8230|
An promotional film commissioned by the Pestalozzi Children’s Village Trust. The film compares life in developing countries with the opportunities Pestalozzi children receive at Sedlescombe, Sussex.
[TVS - The Afternoon Club: Khalid Aziz Pestalozzi Appeal]
|Date||22 May 1984||ID||8228|
An informal interview with Khalid Aziz, vice-president of the Pestalozzi Children's Village Trust highlighting the Pestalozzi Silver Jubilee Appeal. The interview forms part of the ITV/TVS 'Afternoon Club' schedule and also features a dance performed by Pestalozzi children with an interview with a Thai girl who talks about her education at Pestalozzi and career ambitions.
A Village Network
A broadcast by BBC Radio from 1985. Journalist Margaret Horsfield visits the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe, East Sussex.
[Children Like These: The Story of the Pestalozzi International Childrens Village Sedlescombe]
|Date||24 June 1986||ID||8231|
An promotional film commissioned by the Pestalozzi Children’s Village Trust. The film compares life in developing countries with the opportunities Pestalozzi children receive at Sedlescombe, Sussex. Ex-Pestalozzi students in Thailand are interviewed about how they are using their skills and expertise to help others in their own country.
Give As You Earn
A promotional film about 'Give As You Earn' - a government scheme allowing charity giving through payroll. The film has an emphasis on the work of the Pestalozzi Children's village at Sedlescombe, Sussex and includes interviews with employers and employees who use the scheme, as well as the warden at Pestalozzi about how the charity helps the developing world.
A Current Affair
An excerpt from an Australian current affairs programme, 'A Current Affair' originally broadcast in the late 1980s. As part of a London feature, the film highlights the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe and includes interviews with the children and staff about the work of Pestalozzi.
|Date||25 September 1988||ID||8234|
A broadcast recording with Harry Secombe presenting an edition of ITV's 'Highway' from the Pestalozzi village in Sedlescombe. He speaks to members of staff and children about life at Pestalozzi, introduces guest musicians and performs two songs in the grounds of the village.
[Splash: Pestalozzi Rushes]
|Date||15 April 1988||ID||8233|
Unedited film footage recorded during the making of a film by Thames Television about the Pestalozzi International Children's Village at Sedlescombe, Sussex. The children are filmed as they recreate scenes from their normal routines at the village. The film director can be heard in the background giving instructions.
This short film features Thai children from the Pestalozzi Children's Village at Sedlescombe performing a dance as part of an ITV network fundraising programme. The children perform a 'rice dance' after handing a cheque to the presenter.
A short excerpt from the BBC's Weekend programme. The presenter holds up a poster advertising an open day at the Pestalozzi Children's Village at Sedlescombe and reads the content of the poster.
[Pestalozzi News Item: Anniversary [?]]
A BBC South East news item about the 30th birthday of the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe, Sussex. Reporter Robin Gibson interviews staff and children from Pestalozzi about life at the village.
[Storm Damage: Coast to Coast]
The first part of an edition of Television South's (TVS) Coast to Coast regional news programme. The edition features a news item about storm damage to the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe reported by Paul Beard.
Kinderdorf Pestalozzi Trogen
A film composed of two sections. The first is a series of stills arranged into a narrative which tells the story of the Pestalozzi village at Trogen in Switzerland. The second, includes modern-day scenes from the village and is intersected with facts about village life.
This promotional film examines the different approaches to Pestalozzi education around the world. The film is constructed around a play, performed by a Swiss theatre group who act out scenes from the life of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. A narrator, assuming the part of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, comments on the different approaches to Pestalozzi education as seen in Japan, England, Switzerland, Brasil and Burkina Faso.
UK Today Programme on Pestalozzi
|Date||9 January 1997||ID||8257|
An episode of the UK Today television news programme which features the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe. The film includes footage of the Pestalozzi Festival of Culture and a number of interviews with staff and foreign representatives.
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