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Broken clocks, basket-weaving and compulsory cheeriness – a glimpse into how disabled servicemen were prepared for civilian life in the 1950s
Amateur film 1955 21 mins Silent
Offering basket-weaving and compulsory cheeriness, sheltered workshops like those run by the Lord Roberts Memorial charity give us a glimpse into how disabled servicemen were prepared for civvy life in the 1950s. This segregated, semi-institutional approach to employing disabled people was also offered by Remploy, whose sheltered training centres have closed only relatively recently.
Sheltered employment was a well-meant approach to injured servicemen in its time, but arguably did not prepare them well for re-entering mainstream civilian life as employees. Sheltered or supported workshops and training centres were self-contained and segregated – the shift in government policy has been to close these centres and instead influence mainstream employers to become more inclusive and disability-friendly.
Plans for Living
Amateur film 1966 22 mins
The Pinner Cine Society looks at the work of Northwood's welfare services.
So We're Different but ...
Documentary 1976 31 mins Location: Coventry
Teachers and pupils of 3 schools in Trafford, Stevenage and Coventry make the case for the acceptance of difference without discrimination.
Poppies of Flanders
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Richmond
A one-armed soldier is among those shown diligently manufacturing poppies on the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day at a factory in Richmond.
Return to Action
Documentary 1947 19 mins Location: Egham
Bricklayers, lawyers, teachers – disabled men and women are encouraged to retrain for new jobs
Eyes of a Child
School programme and Educational film 1961 31 mins Location: Dorton Ho (Sch)
Young imaginations run wild at School for Blind Children.
Housing for the Disabled
Documentary 1982 26 mins Location: Peckham
A training film, made in Cumbria, Gwent and Peckham Rye, revealing government thinking in the early 1980s
Fulham v Manchester Utd
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Fulham
Craven Cottage, March 1926: Fulham host Manchester United in the 6th round of the FA Cup.
Non-Fiction 1924 3 mins Silent Location: Fulham
British "girl athletes" prove themselves in competition with women from around the world at Stamford Bridge.
Government sponsored film 1975 16 mins Location: Fulham
Having your car nicked is one thing, but then you're branded a loser – by this unsympathetic crime prevention film about car theft
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 5 mins Location: Fulham
Iconic images by photo-pioneer Eadweard Muybridge come to life in this striking video collage.
Silent Hope, Fulham and Tottenham (1959)
Amateur film 1959 13 mins Location: Fulham
Fascinating tour of London’s schools for the deaf, showing teaching methods and meeting deaf children, including several from Africa and the West Indies.
London Line Colour Series 1 Issue 1
Cinemagazine 1966 14 mins Location: Fulham
Swinging 60s meets capital of cool in a fun and funky TV magazine show aimed at Canadian audiences.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.