Title ID 7064Collection ID985
TitleQueen Mother Visit to Ockenden
Date[ca. 1960s]
CollectionOckenden Venture
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurInstitutionalNon-fictionReportage
KeywordsCharities Children Royalty Domestic Gardens Houses Buildings Dance
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionOckenden Venture
ParticipantsQueen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Residents of Venture House
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration2 min. 36 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Footage documenting the Queen Mother's visit to Venture House in the 1960s


Girls and boys at Venture House line a canopied walkway. Joyce Pearce walks behind the Queen Mother. She wears a suit, pearls and a headpiece of net and flowers. A young girl brings flowers to the Queen Mother. The girls perform a folk dance. She visits girls in their dormitory. The girls are seen sitting on their beds.

Contextual information

Ockenden Venture was founded in Woking, Surrey in 1951 by teachers Joyce Pearce OBE, Ruth Hicks and Margaret Dixon in aid of displaced Eastern European children after WW2. It aimed “to provide for their maintenance, clothing, education, recreation, health and general welfare.” Further houses in Haselmere and Donnigton Hall near Derby were soon acquired. Eight new houses were opened after World Refugee Year (1959-1960) increased charitable donations. Ockenden opened twenty five centres in response to the crisis in Vietnam, accepting the ‘boat people’ after the government decided to accept Vietnamese refugees fleeing after the invasion of China in 1979. Joyce Pearce died in 1985 after over thirty years of work. Ockenden International focuses its efforts on overseas projects.

Related resources


Ockenden International, Surrey History Centre (SHC Ref 7155)

Records include minutes, annual reports, correspondence, papers, personal files, photographs, documenting lives of staff and refugees at Woking, Haslemere and overseas in Asia, the Middle East and northern Africa.


Surrey History Centre

The website for the Surrey History Centre

Exploring Surrey’s Past

An online history of Ockenden international, previously Ockenden Venture, in text and photographs from Surrey History Centre archives. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enabled the history of Ockenden International to be preserved. The charity’s archive held at Surrey History Centre has been catalogued and memories have been recorded.