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Queen Mary's Hospital School

1959
12m 0s
B&W
Silent

Description

A film made at Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in Carshalton showing the activities engaged in by the patients resident there.

Inside the hospital, children with various illnesses and disabilities are seen having their hair cut. Scenes outside the hospital but within its grounds show, children sat in wheelchairs. Other boys are seen in wheeled hospital beds and at school desks all of which have been placed outside on a tarmaced area, some of the boys are reading and writing. Some boys in wheelchairs are seen being lifted into back of a bus by uniformed men before the bus drives away. Other children in wheelchairs are seen being pushed around the hospital grounds. Inside the hospital children are seen having their hair cut, engaging in play and attending school lessons. A mixed group of children watch a model railway in action and some bedridden girls play with dolls and soft toys. The school lessons are very varied. Some boys wire batteries to various electrical devices. In a mathematics lesson, a boy with manual dexterity problems demonstrates how he draws a straight line with a rule. In an art class clay children model with clay, paint pots, and use a potter's wheel. There are also views of an electronics class, and a woodwork class. In an experiment outside pupils and a teacher use an electric vacuum cleaner as a propulsion device and make it spin in rotation. Some other boys outside in wheelchairs use a parabolic concave solar mirror to create a flame. One boy looks at his distorted upside down reflection in the mirror. Some younger children in a schoolroom sit around a table playing a visual matching educational game. They also use a sandpit, woodworking tools, a potter's wheel, and weighing scales. One young girl is filmed walking tentatively to her desk with her legs in callipers and pulling herself into her chair. The film concludes with an amateur fiction story utilising some of the child patients as actors. One of the boys learns magic from a spell book and using his wand makes his friends disappear and reappear. He is reprimanded by his teacher but uses the wand to make him also disappear. The boy mistakenly drops the wand however leading himself to disappear.

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On 7 November 2018, Sheila said:
I was there mid 1957-October 1958. May be the girl with the doll.
On 12 August 2018, Anon said:
I was in here in 1952 and fresh air was mandatory, even in the snow. Also used as a punishment to be left outside all night. Not good memories for me , but I still see my friends.
On 8 April 2018, Mark Harvey said:
I was born in Queen Mary's in 1965 and left England for Australia in 71, I went back to England 5 years ago to see my old house on Stanley Road and the hospital but didn't realize it was gone,
On 28 December 2017, Sue Dunn said:
The pottery teacher was Ken Bates who was also the art teacher.
On 26 July 2017, Daniel Wright said:
I was in Queen Mary's Hospital in 1955 with Rheamatic Fever, I was Transferred from St Andrews Hospital in Bow. E3. I remember a child there who had Polio, and was in a Iron Lung.. but he painted some great pictures with his teeth, also a small boy from India, who had lost his legs and a arm in a Railway Accident in India, I also had my tonsils out while there. After I left, I went ti the Christmas parties they had for old patients..
On 5 March 2017, David squires said:
I was in the hospital in 1964 after having an road traffic accident and I remember having school lessons and singing hymns at the end of the day when per ants had to leave, very sad times,
On 2 February 2016, joan cording nee woodruff said:
i was in carshalton between 1950/1954 sent from great ormond street to recooporate from operations i also spent some time in tadworth for the same reason
On 17 November 2015, Nabil Shaban said:
This film is a joy to see, because I was a patient at Queen Mary's Hospital from 1956 to 1962, and it brought back an atmosphere of the time, and refreshed memories. I couldn't see myself in this film, which is not surprising as I was bed-ridden until 1960 (however I can be seen in another film about patients visiting Bentalls toy store in 1960 where I am being pushed in a wheelchair).

I expect I would know some of the children in this film, if my memory of people from that time was not so poor. It won't be an age thing this loss of memory, as I seemed to have wiped most of my memories of being a patient at Queen Mary's not long after I left in 1962.

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Location

United Kingdom; England; London; Sutton; Carshalton

Categories

Amateur

Themes

Health and Medicine; School Life

Formats

Archive name Format LSA ID Archive's identifier Sound
Sutton Archives 16mm film LSA926 LBS7 Unknown
Sutton Archives DVD LSA926 LBS7 Unknown
Sutton Archives AVI master digital file LSA926 LBS7 Unknown
Sutton Archives DV mezzanine digital file LSA926 LBS7 Unknown
Sutton Archives MPEG-4 LSA926 LBS7 Unknown
Sutton Archives 16mm film LSA927 Unknown
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