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Health of a Nation

About the film

An overview of the free healthcare available for children, and the environmental improvements that led to increased public well-being in Britain.


Release year
Lister Laurance
Production company
Technique Films
Stephen Clarkson
Raymond Elton
David Moule Evans
Frank Phillips
Sound recording
Al Rhind
Musical director
Muir Mathieson
Running time (minutes)
09 mins 46 secs
Unit Manager
William MacQuitty
Music Played by
London Symphony Orchestra
Ronald H. Riley

Original Description

How Britain Safeguards Her People’s Health
A description of Britain’s public health services. Pre-natal clinics, modern maternity hospitals, child-welfare centres, school medical services safeguard the health of the rising generation. Special measures are taken to combat industrial ill-health. The importance of environment is recognized [sic]; slums are replaced by modern housing estates.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946-47)


  • The opening scene of men hammering is set outside 4 Great Malborough St, London, which is now a Starbucks coffee shop.
  • Health of a Nation was made at the same time as The Second Freedom, and some of the same footage was accidentally used in both films. This was largely rectified, but the light therapy and housing estate scenes are nonetheless practically identical both films.
  • Mention is made of the work of the National Trust in preserving green spaces for public benefit. The British Council had made a Technicolor film exclusively about the National Trust in 1941, entitled The People’s Land.