The Story of Papworth

1935 , Papworth (Cambridgeshire)

A public appeal for donations for Papworth Village Settlement, a community created for tuberculocis suffers and their families.

Papworth Village Settlement is relatively self-sufficient but requires public donations for its expansion. Its role in the treating of those who have contracted TB is presented by a drama focusing on a factory worker who has been diagnosed with the disease. The introduction to the film is given by Madeleine Carroll. She speaks to the camera, dressed in an evening gown. She considers the effect of consumption for the working man and for his family. It almost certainly means a permanent loss of employment, an economic tragedy. Papworth is described as a haven of hope and security.The film tells the story of a working man, Hawkins, who contracts tuberculosis. The first scene shows the interior of a working man's hose. He is being examined by his doctor, who diagnoses tuberculosis. The doctor spells out what this will mean for Hawkins; he must give up his job, receive treatment and then find a light, open air job, enjoy a special diet and receive medical care. Hawkins puts the diagnosis in his own terms. No work, no money and fancy food. His wife sees it in terms of destitution for herself and her children. Hawkins asks the consequences of carrying on. He is told that he won't get well and will infect other people. The doctor leaves and Mr. Hawkins opts to adopt the ostrich approach.Two months later, Mrs. Hawkins is having tea with the Vicar. Hawkins enters, coughing and struggling for breath. The Vicar has been talking to the doctor. He tells Hawkins that a workmate has tuberculosis and Hawkins realises that it is all his fault. The Vicar suggests the Papworth Village Settlement. The film shows scenes of this whilst they are described by the Vicar. There are aerial and other external shots of the settlement and of Papworth Hall. The film shows the Sanatorium Chalets, the men's hostels and interior scenes from the various workshops and cottage industries that were conducted at Papworth. There are also shots of some of the houses built so that former patients had access to the lifestyle and treatment that they needed. There are also shots of the village stores and of the Village Hall.The next scene shows extracts from the treatment stages. Hawkins' wife visits him in one of the wards. He is shown his Sanatorium chalet by a nurse. There are interior scenes of this. The Chalet is called the 'John Jones' Chalet. Hawkins explains to his wife that it is named after the person who donated the chalet to the Settlement. Hawkins works in the factory and is called to see Matron, to be informed that he has a house available in three months time. Matron tells him to 'thank the generous person who gave it.' Mrs. Hawkins and the children arrive at the new house by car. Their conversation conveys the message of the film. A home of our own ... and a job for life. Thanks to Papworth ... and those who made Papworth what it is.The final scenes is an appeal to the camera for donations. This is made by C. Aubrey Smith. He receives a letter from Lord Nuffield and a static shot of this is shown. The letter reads; The Story Of Papworth.Dear Mr. Aubrey Smith, In response to your film appeal for Papworth Village Settlement, it gives me great pleasure to promise the sum of £25,000 (twenty five thousand pounds,) upon condition that a sum of £75,000 is first subscribed from other source - thus my gift will complete a grand total of £100,000. The sooner I am called upon to make good my promise, the better I shall be pleased. The film ends with captions explaining the amounts still required.

Featured Buildings

Papworth Hall; Papworth Village Settlement

Keywords

Sanitoriums; Tuberculosis

Intertitles

The Story of Papworth. The average worker literally cannot afford to be tuberculous. HRH The Duke of Kent, President of Papworth. The reluctance of sufferers to admit that they have Tuberculosis does incalculable harm in spreading the disease to others. Extract from an official report.Papworth.Lord Nuffield offers £25,000 WHEN we have collected £75,000. Towards that £75,000 Papworth has already collected a total of £30,000 we still need £45,000.Please send your donation to Papworth Village Settlement, Cambridgeshire.

  • Sponsor : Papworth Village Settlement

  • Camera : Francis Carver

  • Director : Anthony Asquith

  • Producer : Major Lloyd

  • Script : Major Lloyd

  • A Working Man Gordon Harker

  • His Wife Mabel Constanduros

  • Doctor Owen Nares

  • Vicar Nicholas Hannen

  • The Introducer Madeleine Carroll

  • Himself C Aubrey Smith

Manifestations

The Story of Papworth

  • Barcode
    INV350288
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:17:44
    Modification Date
    27/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    729928
  • Barcode
    INV365635
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:17:44
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724961
  • Barcode
    INV398466
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:17:44
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724433
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV343475
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:17:44
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    708457
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV163758
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 794
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    24/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673827
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV163273
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 532
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    Umatic tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    23/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673512
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV179556
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 104
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    Umatic tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    22/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    672911
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV183961
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Colour Type
    bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:17:55
    Has Sound
    Y
    Modification Date
    15/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    672290
    Sound
    sound
  • Barcode
    INV??1974
    Canonical Identifier
    VP-1115
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    563794
  • Barcode
    INV273421
    Canonical Identifier
    B-53
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    35mm film
    Has Sound
    Y
    Identification Notes
    Picture: combined (data migration 25/06/2021)
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    positive
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    562738
    Sound
    sound
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV252767
    Canonical Identifier
    A-13
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    35mm film
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    negative
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    561987

Copyright restrictions apply.

Please see our terms of use. Films on this website are provided for personal viewing. Should you wish to use the films in any other way please contact eafa@uea.ac.uk

terms of use

The data for this page was generated on 03/07/2022 13:36:00+00:00. Click to regenerate this page .