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Mother and Child
Mother and Child

Mother and Child 1940


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Mother and Child 1940

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Sainsbury

North London, 1940 - enter a world of floral-patterned housecoats, mangles, old GLC gas cookers and no-nonsense midwives. The experience of the expanding Crawford family illustrates the increased importance of family welfare centres during WWII. Look out for the visitor carrying a bag bearing the words "Tottenham Welfare Centre" - a clue to the film’s location perhaps?

As the demand for female labour grew so did the need for day nurseries, and good friends. Here, stay-at-home mum Alice looks after her working friend's daughter, Betty, along with her own son, Tommy. Welfare centres like the one depicted in this film were a vital lifeline for families, both medically and socially. The down-to-earth commentary was supplied by Londoner Herbert Hodge who was a BBC radio personality, taxi driver and author.

Directed by

Frank Sainsbury


Barbara Mullen

Herbert Hodge


Public Information Filler War


Welfare Post natal care Ante-natal care


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United Kingdom



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