Title ID 3853Collection ID85
TitleAround & About with the Children of Queensmill Rd School
Date1949; 1954
ThemePublic Services Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Children Disabled Persons Education Holidays Leisure Time Activities Outings Schools
LocalBognor Regis Fulham
RegionalGreater London West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEric. W. Campion
CameraEric. W. Campion
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration10 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film with intertitles records the disabled pupils of Fulham's Queensmill Special School in the classroom and on a holiday to Bognor Regis.


The film begins with images of the pupils from the all-girls Queensmill Special School in lessons. The girls, ranging in age from about six to fourteen, are filmed participating in numerous physical activities including sewing, ironing, painting and cooking. The activities test their dexterity, and their physical disabilities appear to be fairly widespread. At break time some of the girls play catch with tennis balls against an exterior wall, whilst others tend to the school's garden.

The film continues with footage of a two-week school holiday to Bognor Regis in 1949. The girls stay at Arthur's Home (now known as Ashley House), taking full advantage of the West Sussex coastline. They are seen swimming in the sea and an outdoor pool, building sandcastles, relaxing on the beach, and playing bat-and-ball games.