An uncovered archive of photographs is giving people a glimpse into healthcare before the NHS.

More than 4,000 images taken between 1938 and 1943 were discovered by staff at Historic England's archive in Swindon.

One picture they have released was taken at St Ebba's Hospital, part of the Epsom Cluster of psychiatric hospitals.

The photograph, dated August 29, 1941, shows patients in a physical training class.

Abigail Coats, archive cataloguing officer at Historic England, said: "Working with this collection every day has been fascinating and a real joy.

"The photographs reveal health and welfare provision at a time of social upheaval and change. But they also show staff having fun and unwinding after a long working day.

"You can see just how far some medical developments have come, but also what has stayed largely unchanged."