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  • Short Summary

    Good footage of blind men being taught skills and taking part in recreation at St Dunstan's.

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    A Day With Blinded Soldiers and Sailors at St Dunstan's - men are taught Braille, shorthand, typewriting, boot repairing. It is not forgotten that 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.

    St. Dunstan's Home / School for the Blind, Regent’s Park, London.

    Opens with shot of a few men sitting at outdoor table weaving baskets. Next; men standing beside tables lined up like desks in a classroom; they are repairing boots. Men and women sitting in front of some machines - may be Braille typewriters. Some men mending nets; with a lady looking over the work.

    Behind tall fence of chicken wire; 3 men holding cockerels or roosters. A merry scene: a dance held in the yard in front of the house; mostly they've got enough women to go round; but there are men dancing together! Next; 10 men walking on a path; with their arms on the preceding man's shoulder - the first one may be sighted; otherwise it's the blind leading the blind. Rowing on the river.

    Then another walk; this time the men are wearing suits and walking along by a fence. more boating - climbing into small boats; starting to row.

    This is good footage - quite poignant too - SL.

    War casualties; wounded; disabled; education; training; disabilities; World War One; handicapped; recreation.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:17:00 / 01:57:25:00
    ON 052 Q

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