Title ID 8418Collection ID1190
Title[Sports Day] or [Foundling Hospital Sports Day]
CollectionEarly Films
ThemeEarly film in the South East
KeywordsSport Children Charities Hospitals
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Goodwin Norton
DirectorCharles Goodwin Norton
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Sports day at Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children, filmed by Charles Goodwin Norton in 1899.


Young girls in dresses and hats run up to the camera. Young boys participate in a sprint race, three-legged race and sack race, followed by a tug of war. The races are supervised by smartly dressed men.

Contextual information

Foundling Hospital was the first home for abandoned children in London. Founded in 1739, the home closed in 1954.

Related resources


Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1896-1906 n.p. George Allen & Unwin

Date: 1949


The Barnes Collection

Location: Hove Museum and Art Gallery Twins John and William Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in the 1960s. After the closure, the early part of the collection moved to Hove. The collection includes cameras, projectors and material relating to the Brighton School of film pioneers.


Location: BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London Holds films made by Goodwin Norton.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI National Archive, copies kept on file SASE 950000.


Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Charles Goodwin Norton

Biographical overview and further reading.