Title ID 3907Collection ID93
TitleA Garden of Beautiful Roses
Date[ca. 1952]
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBicycles Children Dance Ethnic Groups Leisure Time Activities Performing Arts Play Social Welfare Sport Summer
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr. A.J. Birch
CameraMr. A.J. Birch
ParticipantsGeraldine Sherwell (member of staff)
FormatColour Silent
Duration8min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows girls playing outside at Barcombe Place, East Sussex, which was a Barnardo's Home for girls in the late 1940s and 1950s, before becoming a mixed home until the early 1970s. This film has been edited for online so is shorter in duration.


This film focuses on the girls of various ages at Barcombe Place home, showing many of them engaged in sports and other activities on the lawns outside the house on a summer’s day. All the filming takes place outside; the house itself is not featured in the scenes. A number of shots show the girls in close up, looking and smiling at the camera. In a few of the scenes, the camera focuses specifically on one black toddler (Ingrid), being pushed on the swings by a member of staff (Geraldine Sherwell), also sitting on a horse and being carried. Activities the girls are seen engaging in include: golf putting, playing tennis, riding bicycles, trikes and scooters, riding a horse, pushing a pram, paddling in a pool, and being pushed on the swings. A group of the girls play musical instruments together, mainly violin and recorder. In other scenes the girls enact a story through dance, wearing costumes; in another, they perform country style dancing. The film finishes with the title ‘These happy girls live at “Barcombe Place” Barcombe Sussex’ followed by a black and white still image of Barcombe Place itself.


A still from 'A Garden of Beautiful Roses' (ca.1952) showing a girl on a tricycleA still from 'A Garden of Beautiful Roses' (ca.1952) showing a girl on a swing