• Short Summary

    Film showing how the RNIB trains blind children, teenagers and adults for life and work.

  • Description

    c. 1958?

    At Heathersett (?), near Reigate in Kent we see several shots of young blind men and women at the residential centre that helps teenagers decide on which occupation to follow. Boys doing pottery, pastry work, bicycle repair / engineering or mechanics. Girl cooks a fried breakfast on a stove. Girls do flower arranging in living room; another puts a belt onto a garment.

    C/U of record going round. Blind and sighted teenagers at a local dance. Couples jiving to rock and roll music. The teenagers play a sort of musical chairs game. Couples dance to some more sedate music (quickstep).

    Exterior of Pembridge Place, London - RNIB training college for shorthand typists and telephonists. Blind girl with white stick goes inside. Blind girl learns how to use switchboard (some natural sound). Women of various ages and middle-aged man learn to type - natural sound as they type to a record of the 'William Tell Overture' (very slow version!). Others learn to use Braille shorthand machines. RNIB headquarters in Great Portland Street, London; woman and blind man go inside. Several shots of people in the Braille library. Students of the 'Blind School of Physiotherapy' in classroom and doing practical work with 'patients' and equipment.

    Several shots of Oxford - Magdalen Bridge and college buildings. Blind students with tutors in studies. Blind tutor Dr ARN Cross with students. Theodore H Tyler, another tutor, with a colleague in his office. Commentator says "By now, our point is made: that there is no inherent reason why a blind person cannot rise to the top of his chosen tree." Shot of college building. End titles: 'The End - Produced For The Royal National Institute For The Blind by Associated British Pathe, Spoken by Frank Hawkins, Written by Stewart Farrar, Director of Photography - Bernard Till, Film Editor - Charles Chart, Sound - George Newberry, Production Manager - Terry Hunter, Associate Producer - Lionel Hoare, Directed by Bernard Till, Produced by Terry Ashwood.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:08:00 / 01:59:17:00

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