Bathing and dressing synchronised with new audio.
- Ford, Felicity.
About this work
A film originally in two parts made for mothers-to-be, looking at the correct way to bathe a baby. This first part shows, among other things, the importance of avoiding draughts, which equipment is needed, how to change a soiled nappy, the correct temperature of bath water and how to wash the face and head. In 2013, in partnership with the BFI, Wellcome Library commissioned a new sound track by Dr Felicity Ford. Ford develop a soundtrack which would convey some of the rich social history of the film and be sympathetic to its original reception in civic spaces. She created field recordings of buildings with acoustics similar to the site where the original film was shot, and the materials employed for bathing and dressing a baby over seventy years ago - enamel basins, castille soap and jugs of water - were all used to evoke the texture of post-natal care. Mothers and their tiny babies were enlisted to record the distinctive sounds produced by a very young infant, so that the little baby featured now has a ' voice'.