Title ID 8208Collection ID1129
Title[Eversfield Hospital: reunions; outings; handicraft; Wimbledon tennis]
Date1956 - 1958
CollectionEversfield Hospital
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsHealth Services Hospitals Outings Passenger Vehicles Royalty Sport
LocalSt. Leonards-on-Sea Wimbledon
RegionalEast Sussex Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWallace Heaton Ltd.
FormatColour Silent
Duration9min. 23sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A professionally made film by Wallace Heaton Limited which features patients (past and present) attending reunions at Eversfield Hospital in 1956 and 1958. The film also includes scenes from outings and a tennis match at Wimbledon during the summer of 1958.


[1:00:15'09] The film opens with shots of a tea party on the hospital lawn; people sit at tables drinking tea and eating sandwiches and cake. Some of the nurses sit at the tables and talk to the patients and visitors. Some of the men sit on the grass, chatting; a woman talks to the matron at a table. Two vicars are also seen chatting to people around a table. Men help to hand out small tubs of ice cream. Shots of male patients (?) boarding 'Skinners' coaches outside the hospital, the coaches pull off.

[1:03:12'00] Inside, there are fast-paced and (some) dark shots of handicrafts, some are seen with names and awards attached.

[1:04:49'14] Female patients are now seen boarding a coach outside the hospital. They are then seen wandering around the grounds of a thatched house; a woman stands in the doorway wearing an apron.

[1:06:37'05] Back at the hospital people are again seen having tea on the lawn, a large tent has been pitched in the grounds. Various people pose in front of the camera.

[1:07:37'00] The film ends with scenes from a tennis match at Wimbledon, N. Fraser v. A. Cooper, an award ceremony is held for the winner and members of the Royal Family are seen watching. The film ends with brief scenes of patients playing tennis on a court in the hospital grounds (?).