GB 3544 RHN-AV-1
- 1975 (Creation)
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4 16mm films with digital copies. Digital copies created in 2 formats: preservation copies (AVI files) and access copies (MP4 video)
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Colour presentation films for the Royal Hospital and Home for Incurables. The narrated films provide an overview of the activities and facilities available to patients and includes soundbites from patients. The films shows a typical patient bedroom and common areas of the hospital, such as the cafeteria, Assembly Room and gardens, and some of the activities and services available to patients, including: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, art and pottery classes, furniture making, a patient using a possum typewriter (which was operated with a mouth piece), music therapy and the work undertaken by patients at 'The Factory', where patients were paid to undertaken simple manufacturing tasks for a small income. Finally, the video ends with plans for the new Chatsworth Wing at the hospital, which initially designed to house young disabled residents.
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Digital copy available online.
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Copyright: Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.
The digital copy of the film is freely available for all non-commercial use. For all other uses please contact the RHN Archives.
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The soundtrack for the film has deteriorated and the audible is very faint especially when the patients speak.
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The original physical film is not accessible for researchers due to the threat of deterioration and the lack of appropriate equipment to play the film on. An access digital copy is available as a surrogate.
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Description created in July 2021 by Chris Olver.