Hospital School

About the film

Hospital School shows us how children were treated, rehabilitated, and educated at The Lord Mayor Treloar Cripples Hospital and College in Alton, Hampshire.

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  • Release year - 1945
  • Director - Arthur Barnes
  • Production company - Spectator Films
  • Cinematographer - H.N. Edwell
  • Composer - Jack Beaver
  • Narration - Frederick Allen
  • Editor - Joan Mason
  • Sound recording - W.S. Bland
  • Running time (minutes) - 10 mins 30 secs

Original description

How Britain Cares For Crippled Children

'At Lord Mayor Treloar Cripples Hospital and College, every facility is provided for the treatment, education and vocational training of crippled children. Shots include the Observation Ward, the X-ray Department, the Operating Theatre, and the Massage and Exercise Room. Classes are held in light, airy wards and on sunny terraces.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)

Did you know?

  • Sir Henry Gauvain, a British surgeon and tuberculosis specialist who features in the film, was the hospital's first medical superintendent from when it opened in 1908, until his death on 19th January 1945. He unfortunately passed away before the film's release.
  • Having been opened in 1908, the hospital was taken over by the NHS in 1948. It was ultimately closed and demolished in the early 2000s to make way for a housing development. The Treloar Trust, however, continues to provide education and support for disabled children at another site nearby.
  • Sir William Treloar, 1st Baronet, founded the hospital and trust in 1908 with donations raised during his tenure as Lord Mayor of the City of London from 1906 to 1907.

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