Papworth Village Settlement - The Care of Tubercular Patients




'At this village community tubercular patients are not only assisted to regain their health, but are trained for suitable light work in the Settlement's factories, where they can earn a living without a fear of loss of employment owing to their disability. Many patients are able to live in separate houses with their families.' [1]

Date: 1945
Duration: 19:00

Director: James Carr
Production Company: World Wide Pictures
Producer: James Carr
Cinematographer: Ronnie Anscombe
Composer: Ivor Walsworth
Narration: Ralph Truman
Editor: Alice Baker
Sound Recording: Red Law
Script: Hilary Taylor
Music Adviser: Muir Mathieson
Assistant: Tony Webb, and Peter Hubble

Length: 35mm: 1782ft. 16mm: 712ft.

Distributor: 20th Century Fox



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Still from 'Papworth Village Settlement' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'

Papworth Village Settlement
Certificate: U
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Producers: World Wide Pictures
1805ft / 20mins
A documentary showing what is being done for T.B. sufferers at Papworth Village Settlement. Produced for the British Council. [2]


Papworth Village Settlement (Great Britain, 1945)
Educational Films
Distributors: Central Film Library
Producers: British Council Film made by World Wide
Production and direction: James Carr
Photography: Ronnie Anscombe
Script: Hilary Taylor
Editor: Alice Baker
Commentator: Ralph Truman
Music composed by: Ivor Walsworth
Music Adviser: Muir Mathieson
2 reels 1815ft / 20 mins Format: 35mm and 16mm, both Sd.
UK Rights: British Council

This British Council film, after a general survey of this village community for tubercular patients, founded by the late Sir Pendrill Varrier-Jones, deals with the history of one of them, an ex-sailor who was discharged because of T.B. and who, after treatment and a subsequent attempt to work under ordinary conditions, relapsed. He was sent to Papworth and, after a period of complete rest in hospital, was allotted a small chalet of his own, and subsequently put on to two hours’ work a day in ideal conditions in one of Papworth’s own factories. After 14 months he moved to a hostel, and finally to a cottage in the village of Papworth, where he lives with his wife and children in almost normal, yet sheltered, conditions.
This film should interest both youthful and adult audiences and stimulate them both to support this existing model community for the tubercular and also to discuss the possibility of providing more centres of this kind for those who, through permanent ill health, are unable to stand up to the harsh demands of the outside world. *
Appraisal by the Background Films Viewing Committee. [3]
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  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue 1946
  2. ^ New Short Films Issued between November 21 and December 17 [1945]
    Vol.12 / No.s 133-144 [135 Missing]/ 1945-46
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI
  3. ^ Index to Vol. 15 NOS. 169-180 1948, p.g 21
    Films issued between 29th February and March 31st (1948)
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI