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Unemployment in Clydebank (clip)
A current affairs programme about the bad unemployment situation in Clydebank during the 1970s. The film and the clip feature extended interviews with people of all ages and shows general views of a rather derelict looking Clydebank.
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Drama / Expressive Arts: Script and act out a short drama about unemployment in your local area today.
English: Write down all the words used by the people in this film that describe how they feel. Write a poem incorporating these words to reflect the feelings of the people in the film. Then write another poem creating a positive and upbeat feel to encourage them.
Social Studies: The people in the film feel depressed, embarrassed and frustrated that they cannot get a job. If you know someone who is unemployed, interview them about how they feel and compare their story with the people in the film.
Maths / Modern Studies / Economic History: The film states that there were 145,529 people unemployed in Scotland in 1973. Find out what the unemployment figure in Scotland stands at today and chart it on a graph. How does this compare with the unemployment figures for England and Wales of the same time?
Social History / Maths: In 1973 Clydebank had 20 schools, 2 swimming pools, 3 libraries, 1 cinema and 22 churches. Research Clydebank and compare how many of these facilities exist today. Present your findings in a graph or pie chart. What new facilities have been built that did not exist in 1973?
Geography / Art and Design: Research the shipbuilding yards of Clydebank (e.g. John Brown's) and create a map / mural / painting of what the area looked like in its heyday and what it looks like today.
Geography / Social History: Research why the shipyards closed? Where were ships built if not at Clydebank? What economic impact did this have on the workforce?
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