Title ID 5782Collection ID799
Title[Rushes and News Items: Classes and Leisure; New Home for Pestalozzi Village; London Line Programme; TWIB Programme]
Date[1970 - 1972]
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyEducationalIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
KeywordsBuilding Construction Charities Children Education Farming Youth Youth Organizations
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Productionnot known
Commissioning bodyPestalozzi International Village Trust
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Duration20min. 31sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of films about the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe, East Sussex. These films include news items from television programmes London Line and This Week in Britain. Each item features scenes from life at the village and some include interviews with Pestalozzi staff.


The film opens with a close-up shot of a hand being used as a clapper. Silent, colour shots of Asian children being taught in the garden by a female teacher who is holding up a textbook. Shots of two children playing with a cat and more shots of the children listening to male teacher (?) in the garden. The boys in the group help to prune a bush in the garden, after which all the children join in with a ball game on the lawn.

Soundtrack plays, black and white news item about a monkey at London Zoo. Soundtrack continues to play as the narrator introduces the news item about the Pestalozzi village accompanied by shots of children helping with construction work. The narrator introduces the national groups and explains the purpose of the village. Shots of children walking around the village followed by a recorded interview with a young boy talking about working together with children of different nationalities. The Thai children perform a national dance. Shots of the village as the narrator concludes the news item by highlighting the aims and achievements of the Pestalozzi organisation. Beginning of news item about a football match between Arsenal and Ipswich at Highbury.

TV leader. Opening credits: "London Line", accompanied by a soundtrack. Black and white shots of the presenter, Cleo Sylvestre asking children at the Pestalozzi village where they come from. She introduces the programme and interviews Mr Errol Christie who explains the principles of Pestalozzi, the selection process and about academic and practical training of the children. Shots of an English class in the language laboratory, children helping with construction work, maintaining farm machinery and looking after farm animals. The interview continues at the Nigerian house where the children are performing a national dance. The programme concludes with the presenter explaining how the children will be citizens of their own countries and the world.

TV leader. Black and white shots of countryside accompanied by soundtrack. Children perform a national dance as the presenter of This Week in Britain, Michelle Brown, explains how the Pestalozzi village works; shots of children gardening, weaving, roofing, feeding pigs and riding on a trailer. The presenter talks about the selection process which is accompanied by shots of children learning English in class. Shots of woodwork and other practical classes. The presenter explains that a new houses is being built to accommodate more children; shots of children helping with the construction work. The housemothers are introduced as the presenter explains how the national houses function. Brief shot of a religious alter. The presenter concludes by reiterating the basic ideals of Pestalozzi, before signing off.