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  • Short Summary

    An appeal for the National Children's Home and Orphanage.

  • Description

    This appears to be an appeal for the National Children's Home and Orphanage. The sound is missing. Uncle Mac was a BBC Childrens Radio broadcaster from 1954. It's not known whether he's featured in this item.


    A man sits at a desk in his study. Three young children enter and speak with him. WS a field full of sheep. CU the farmer. MS Lambs with their mother. WS a row of terraced houses with smoking chimneys. Closer view showing the backyard entrances to the houses. Scenes in a very poor residential area with children playing in the street. Two boys standing in the snow, blow their hands to keep warm.. Children playing in the snow. A girl sleeping in a barrel in the snow. Run-down housing, dirty kids playing in the street. A map of England. Elegant homes and large country houses. A woman with her sheep.

    Lovely shots of: Young children blowing bubbles, children in a school room, a group of little girls and their dolls having a tea party.

    Cut back to the group in the study. The man at the desk talks to camera. His right eye is slightly disfigured. CU a photograph of a distinguished academic looking gentleman on his desk. The three children bow in a thank you to camera.

    End title: National Children's Home and Orphanage.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    1954 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:03:40:00

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    "A man sits at a desk in his study" - that's "Uncle Mac", alias Derek McCulloch.

    The statement in the opening paragraph, reading "It's not known whether he's featured in this item", can now be dispensed with.

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