East Anglian Film Archive footage showcased in film raising funds for NHS Charities

Image from ‘The traditions of a surgeon at Christmas’ 1962 Christopher Parish Collection c/o EAFA

A new film project titled ‘These are the Hands’, looking to raise money for NHS Charities Together, includes material from a Cambridgeshire heart surgeon’s film collection held by EAFA. Produced by the Event and Visual Communication Association in partnership with the British Film Institute, the film is available to watch here: https://vimeo.com/413117480/39a0e5a795 and was first transmitted on C4 on Thursday 30th April 2020

Inspired by a poem of the same name written for the 60th anniversary of the NHS by former poet laureate Michael Rosen, ‘These are the Hands’ celebrates the history of the health service through films from across the UK.

EAFA’s contribution to the project comes from Christopher Parish: a heart surgeon at Papworth Hospital, he led pioneering work on heart-lung surgery there and became the first cardiothoracic surgeon at what is now the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital. Christopher was also a keen home movie-maker, and he used a Super 8 camera to film his life and interests in and out of work during the 1960s and 1970s. His 1962 film, ‘The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas’ – viewable in BFI Player at https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-traditions-of-a-surgeon-at-christmas-1962-online – is a short scene from Cat. 221951- Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire – ‘Events 1962’ in EAFA’s collection. It depicts Papworth Hospital – where Christopher would often visit on Christmas Day – along with the staff who worked there, a visit from the Queen, and scenes of rural life around Cambridgeshire. A group portrait scene taken from the beginning of this film was selected for inclusion in this new film.

100% of funds raised will go towards NHS Charities Together who represent, support and champion NHS Charities. To make a donation, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ClapForOurCarers.