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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.
School programme and Educational film 1961 31 mins Location: Dorton Ho (Sch)
Young imaginations run wild at School for Blind Children.
1985 29 mins
“I’d much rather work at a computer than make wicker baskets” – disabled people hit the mainstream in 1980s Britain
Instructional film/TV programme 1977 30 mins
Early attempts at inclusive swimming for disabled people.
1969 29 mins
Feisty and free-spirited, three disabled people talk frankly and directly about the barriers they experience in the 1960s
Documentary 1972 51 mins
Man Alive! moral panic, sex, and when professionals ruled – life as a disabled couple in 1972
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
Occupational therapy turns full circle, as amputee soldiers learn to make artificial limbs for others
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Fulham
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Non-Fiction 1924 3 mins Silent Location: Fulham
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Government sponsored film 1975 16 mins Location: Fulham
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 5 mins Location: Fulham
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Amateur film 1959 13 mins Location: Fulham
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Cinemagazine 1966 14 mins Location: Fulham
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Short documentary 2021 4 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 49 mins
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Documentary 1943 12 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 43 mins
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Documentary 1957 20 mins
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Travelogue 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
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