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Tracing the Spread of Infection
Doctors undertake forensic-style detective work to identify the origins of outbreaks, in the fascinating film from the early days of the NHS.
Documentary 1949 23 mins
Before the widespread use of antibiotics infectious diseases regularly ran rife through hospitals, and tracing the source of infections was of critical concern. The film describes in fascinating detail the scientific detective work involved in identifying the origins of outbreaks, a discipline which at times resembles a CSI-style forensic investigation.
As antibiotic resistance increases around the globe, we can only hope such diligent methods aren't required once again in future.
NHS on Film
Dust - Miners' Disease
1973 28 mins
Dark shadows in miners' lungs and lives, as the threat of pneumoconiosis is made worse by changes to the benefits that compensate for its effects.
Blood Donor : Glenda and Ernie
Public Information Filler 1981 3 mins
Glenda Jackson makes a song and a dance about giving blood – in a wise-cracking double act with Ernie Wise.
Dr Marc Slee
Cinemagazine 1968 14 mins Location: Witney
Behind the scenes at the new Witney Health Centre where GPs, midwives, district nurses and social workers work efficiently under one roof.
The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas
Amateur film 1962 17 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
The filmic memoirs in Cambridgeshire of heart surgeon Christopher Parish and his family, beginning with Christmas traditions, and including a royal visit. The year is 1962.
Aids - Monolith
Public Information Filler 1985 1 mins
Portentous imagery and John Hurt’s grave voiceover define this key film from a £5 million campaign to combat the growing AIDs epidemic.
Health at the Centre
Documentary 1974 8 mins Location: Walton-on-Thames
The latest developments in healthcare on show at Walton-on-Thames community health centre
The Royal Show
Documentary 1951 28 mins Location: Trumpington
Parades of the finest farm animals and machinery: 10 miles of displays on a 150 acre site at the Royal Show in 1951, enjoyed by thousands of visitors including The Queen.
Amateur film 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
Cambridge college and boating scenes captured by a 1930s visitor.
A View of Cambridge
Documentary 1974 25 mins Location: Cambridge
Accompanied by specially composed songs, take a tour around Cambridge and hear the views of local residents, students and their teachers.
East End Bids Farewell to the Fuhrer
Amateur film 1945 2 mins Location: Stratford
Crowds carry a mock coffin of Adolf Hitler through the streets of Stratford while the Union Flag and bunting hang defiant above the WW2 rubble.
Coronation Route 1953
Amateur film 1953 2 mins Location: Green Park
Bunting-clad streets and regal decorations highlight the intricate artistry that went into decorating the iconic Coronation route.
Town and Gown
Documentary 1937 17 mins Location: Oxford
Focusing on each town’s university colleges, main streets, gardens, statues and memorials with a narration of the history of the buildings, notable scholars, and traditions.