Theme Public Services
Screen Archive South East holds many films commissioned by civic and public bodies in the region. Significant collections of films in the archive made for public services and institutions include; the Surrey Fire Brigade, West Sussex County Council, as well as several hospitals, children’s homes, charities and other organisations in the region. Many pre-NHS hospitals and charities relied heavily on fund raising opportunities and used film as a medium to demonstrate their work and to appeal for donations.
The archive holds several pre-NHS hospital films in its collection including film of the Princess Alice Memorial Hospital in Eastbourne (1937 - 1938), and The Royal Surrey County Hospital Fundraising Film (1936 - 1937). A much later film A New Way of Caring (1974) from the Chichester Health Authority focuses on the changes in heath provision since the introduction of the NHS. The archive also has a number of films on residential homes and orphanages such as The Southern Railway Servants' Orphanage at Woking made in 1928 - 1933 and a further film made there in 1950-52, Patcham House Special School (1974) for disabled children in Sussex and 'Murray House' (1976), for people with learning disabilities in Ottershaw, Surrey.
Films in this theme:
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Safe or Sorry
A road safety film for children demonstrating what not to do when playing on the street or cycling on the road. Instructions on how to cross safely come form 'Safety Sam' and information is given about getting getting bicycle breaks checked.
In and Around Eversfield
|Date||1950 - 1951||ID||8203|
A professionally made film with intertitles by Wallace Heaton Limited featuring typical activities of patients at Eversfield Chest Hospital during the early 1950s.
A road safety film presented by Greenwich Local Safety Committee. The film describes the importance to the country of workers in British industry and warns against the dangers of being overly hasty when returning home after work. The fictional account shows three factory workers who risk death on the roads in their haste to get home.
Out of the Dark
The story of gas and electric lighting, told by Dr. Arthur Bryant and Professor C. Andrade with reconstructed scenes and footage of ancient, industrial and modern lighting apparatus, produced at Merton Park Studios for the Electrical Development Association in 1951.
Christmas at Eversfield from the patients' angle
A professionally made film by Wallace Heaton Limited featuring the patients and some of the staff at Eversfield Hospital during Christmas in 1951. The patients are seen performing 'Cinderella' and relaxing indoors; preparations are made by the staff for the Christmas dinner.
Eversfield Chest Hospital
A professionally made film with intertitles by Wallace Heaton Limited featuring outdoor activities and a reunion at Eversfield Hospital during 1951.
A professionally made film with intertitles by Wallace Heaton Limited featuring patients rehearsing for a pantomime and taking part in a concert during 1951.
[Southern Railway Orphanage - Life at the Home]
This is a colourful portrait of the children of the Southern Railway Servants' Orphanage at Woking enjoying various leisure pursuits. The amateur film uses extracts from a child's letter as intertitles, providing a narrative for the images.
Fire Defence Exhibition
An amateur film produced by the Surrey Fire Brigade Film Unit. The film includes scenes of a dignitary visiting a fire station to inspect the fireman. The main focus of the film is on the Fire Defence Exhibition at Bentalls department store with numerous shots of the displays and exhibits in the main hall.
[Reigate headquarters building developments]
This short amateur film features the redevelopment of Surrey Fire Brigade Headquarters, Croydon Road, Reigate. The estate is seen prior the redevelopment, with cricket pitch and numerous outbuildings. New buildings are seen being erected.
|Date||1952 - 1955||ID||1365|
A compilation of amateur material recording events at Fan Court Preparatory School for Boys at Chertsey between 1952 and 1955.
At the Fire Service College Oct - Nov 1953: Emergency Fire Fighting Appliances and Equipment
|Date||October - November 1953||ID||1322|
This professionally made training film shows the fire fighting appliance, equipment and procedures being employed by the Surrey Fire Brigade at the Wotton Fire Service College. The silent film contains intertitles and was made by the Surrey Fire Brigade Film Unit for The Home Office.
The Adventures of Tom, Dick and Harry
Educational film about road safety. The film is in three sections: what happened, what might have happened, and what should have happened.
Eversfield 1953 some activities: putting, croquet, outings
This professionally made film by Wallace Heaton Limited features the patients and staff of Eversfield Hospital taking part in various social activities during 1953.
[Reigate Headquarters; Recruits on Course]
An amateur film featuring training being undertaken at Surrey Fire Brigade HQ at Reigate, Surrey. New recruits position ladders against the training tower and retrieve people, carrying them down the ladder. The film includes a close-up of a man in uniform speaking directly to the camera.
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