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Papworth Village Settlement

About the film

Following the recuperation and treatment of patient Frank Thompson, 'Papworth Village Settlement' is an account of the varied medical and social services available to sufferers of tuberculosis at Papworth.


Release year
James Carr
Production company
World Wide Pictures
James Carr
Hilary Taylor
Ronnie Anscombe
Ivor Walsworth
Ralph Truman
Alice Baker
Sound recording
Red Law
Musical director
Muir Mathieson
Running time (minutes)
19 mins 07 secs
Peter Hubble, Tony Webb

Original Description

The Care of Tubercular Patients
'At this village community tubercular patients are not only assisted to regain their health, but are trained for suitable light work in the Settlement's factories, where they can earn a living without a fear of loss of employment owing to their disability. Many patients are able to live in separate houses with their families.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)


  • Although the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis was first used in humans in 1921, it did not become popular until after the Second World War, and the first antibiotic cure for tuberculosis was only discovered in 1943. Nonetheless, the number of deaths from tuberculosis in England and Wales almost halved in the five years after this film was made, and Papworth Hospital was handed over to the NHS, becoming renowned for it cardiothoracic treatments.
  • The Cambridgeshire Archives service holds an extensive collection of original archive material relating to the Papworth Village Settlement. The Papworth Archive Project aims to preserve and improve access to these materials.