• Short Summary

    Various shots of the Queen Mother at the Centenary Award Ceremony and receiving Penicillin Culture Plate from Sir Alexander Fleming which she seals in new foundation stone.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.


    MS Murmuring students pack the balconies of the hall of St Mary's Hospital Medical School, Paddington. LS Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother walks on to the platform accompanied by the Earl of Iveagh (Chairman of the Wright-Fleming Institute), Sir Alexander Fleming, etc. CU Queen Mother standing on stage, holding bouquet as National Anthem is sung.

    MS and LS The School President (the Earl of Verulam) giving address of welcome and explains the second foundation stone to be built into the new buildings, and declares the latest donations for the building. (2 shots) MS The Queen Mother presents medals and prizes to students and graduates of the Medical School on the occasion of its Centenary on Tuesday, 30th November 1954. (The Max Bonn Memorial Prize in Pathology is jointly awarded to V A Ngu and B A Lovell, then further unidentified prizewinners.) (3 shots).

    MS The Queen Mother receives a stop-watch (set at 3 minutes 59.4 seconds marking the achievement of R G Bannister, a student of the school who was the first world athlete to run a mile in under 4 minutes) from the Captain of the Athletic Club, and a Penicillin Culture Plate from Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, both of which she places in the hollow of the foundation stone of the new library extension. She then seals the hollow of the stone. (2 shots).

    Various shots of the Queen Mother's speech, thanking them for their welcome. She says she has watched the School's progress with pride and affection since becoming President in 1934. She links the Centenary to the extension of the School's facilities. Queen Mother leaving hall.

    Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 30/11/1954. The original programme is also on file.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:20:00 / 01:19:06:00
    UN 2695 A

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