Title ID 3850Collection ID86
TitleA Day’s Outing
Date[ca. 1949]
CollectionCyril Hayworth
ThemePublic Services Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Boats Charities Children Disabled Persons Outings Schools
LocalChailey Hall Worthing
RegionalEast Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCyril Hayworth
CameraCyril Hayworth
DirectorCyril Hayworth
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration10 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Children and staff from Chailey Heritage enjoy a day trip to the beach in Worthing.


The opening scene shows the landscape around Chailey Heritage, East Sussex. Groups of bus drivers, cooks and other staff wait in the grounds where several ‘Southdown’ buses are lined up. The children lean out of the windows of the stationary buses and smile at the camera. The buses leave the grounds of the Centre. Several of the staff are left in the car park. The buses arrive in Worthing, passing through streets of terraced houses. Close-ups of the children in the buses follow; one boy drinks lemonade from a bottle, some of the girls smile at the camera. A street scene shows the buses parked in a street outside the Hare and Hounds pub; lots of people in the street, including a man in a kilt. Scenes inside a large dining hall. The children and staff eat at long dining tables. The hall is very busy; waiters and waitresses rush about serving food. The party moves outside to the beach. All the children wear school uniform, most of them gather at the water’s edge and throw pebbles in the sea. Many of the children have leg callipers, and use walking sticks and crutches.

Further shots show children and staff building sandcastles, looking for shells and paddling in the sea. Two female carers help one little boy dry off. Three older boys pose in a group for the camera. Further shots of the children paddling. Three more boys pose for the camera. A group of girls paddle in the sea with Worthing Pier in the background. One of the bus drivers runs barefoot across the pebbles, his friends laugh at him, one waves at the camera. A group of women sit on deckchairs in front of a small rowing boat, the promenade is visible behind them. At the boating lake children and staff sail motorised boats and kayaks. Back on the beach, a shot of a Reverend. Two boys eat ice-cream from little tubs. Some of the older boys sit on the breakwater and eat ice-cream, most of the girls sit on blankets on the beach and eat theirs. Three men pose for the camera. A little dog looks longingly at one of the boys eating ice-cream. The little boy gives him the empty tub to lick.

Further scenes on and around the boating lake. A crowd sits on a lawn watching a Punch and Judy show. A further shot of boys in kayaks on the boating lake. A group of staff and children sit on some steps watching. A group of three girls act churlishly in front of the camera. The buses wait at the roadside, staff and children make their way from the boating pool and beginning boarding them. A group of staff wait outside Christ Church Hall. More people board the buses. The children wave as the buses pull away, small crowds of adults wave back.


A Days Outing (ca.1949)

Contextual information

Now known as Chailey Heritage Clinical Services, the centre is nationally recognised “for the assessment, treatment and care of children with complex physical disabilities” (South Downs NHS).

Interestingly, it is not until nearly halfway through the film that the children’s disabilities are apparent. A closeness, and perhaps empathy, with the children is evident in the film, possibly because the film-maker knew the children well through working with them at Chailey Heritage. The titles and end credits were added to the film at a later date.

Special School. Around & About with the Children of Queensmill Rd School (1949; 1954) focuses on pupils at a London school for children with disabilities. The film shows the children at school and on a trip to Bognor Regis.

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Amberley Working Museum

Amberley Working Museum houses the Southdown Bus collection (the buses featured in this film). “The collection aims to show the development of the motor bus in the South East, concentrating on the period up to the 1940s.”

East Sussex Record Office collections at The Keep

The East Sussex Record Office collections include a large collection of published and unpublished material concerning Chailey Heritage. The collections are now held at The Keep, Falmer and can be searched online


Chailey Heritage Foundation

The website for the Chailey Heritage Foundation. "A pioneering charity for the public benefit providing education, care and transition planning for young people aged 3-25 with complex physical disabilities and health need".