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Back to the Community
Local authorities trial the Thatcher government’s new ‘care in the community’ initiative.
A fascinating insight into life for learning disabled people in 1980s Britain, as the long-debated ‘care in the community’ initiative is implemented under the Thatcher government. The case studies here, in Bolton and Aylesbury, are framed in a largely positive light, as local authorities struggle with the legacy of inhumane Victorian institutions. The enjoyment some patients find in their new sense of independence is genuinely moving, yet it’s clear deinstitutionalisation was a slow and fraught process. More troubling are the references to patients as ‘clients’, foreshadowing controversies the policy became increasingly mired in.
This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 9 mins
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Instructional film/TV programme 1951 55 mins
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Training film/TV programme 2002 18 mins
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Public Information Filler 1985 1 mins
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Short documentary 2023 4 mins
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Short documentary 2023 3 mins
Former Bristol Poet Laureate, Miles Chambers reads a poem specially commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the NHS.
Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston and Liverpool 1952 Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston and Liverpool 1952
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Advert 1948 4 mins Location: Nelson
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English As a Second Language (First and Second Phase Teaching) English As a Second Language (First and Second Phase Teaching)
Training film/TV programme 1973 19 mins Location: Bolton
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Documentary 1939 14 mins Location: Sheffield
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Amateur film 1970 15 mins Silent Location: Bolton
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Drama 1949 10 mins Location: Bolton
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Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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