The BFI continues its celebrated series of releases from the COI archive with this double-disc collection of films made by the UK government about childhood and children.
From post-war films made to promote healthy eating, good schooling and getting your baby to sleep, through to a 1980s documentary on artificial insemination, Your Children and You is a fascinating look at the social history of Britain and our ever-evolving attitudes to children and child-rearing.
This collection also includes rare films from the Wellcome Trust archive on the themes of childbirth and motherhood. Three of the films feature newly recorded scores.
Bathing and Dressing, Parts 1 and 2 (1935, 20 mins): a meticulous demonstration of how to bathe and change a very young baby
Toxemia in Pregnancy (1958, 12 mins): an informative educational film about this serious condition
Maternity (1935, 14 mins): a semi-professional film showing antenatal and postnatal care in the 1930s
Childbirth as an Athletic Feat (1939, 8 mins): this short film demonstrates a series of antenatal exercises suitable for mother-to-be