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Out Of The Box
An account of the birth of the Co-operative movement in Scotland from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. This promotional and patriotic film was made during the Second World War and tells the story of the Scottish Co-operative movement through scenes of historical reenactment.
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History: Research the Fenwick Weavers using the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland website.
History (Britain 1880s-present) / Higher History (Trade Unions; Emergence of Democracy) / Financial Education / Business Studies / Fair Trade / Enterprise / Citizenship : Research the history of credit unions, cooperative societies and ethical banking'. Look into the need for these type of organisations, how they function and why they might have been seen as particularly important during the Second World War period.
Standard Grade History (1830s-1930s) / Modern Studies / Politics: Using this and other films relating to National Insurance. Using the many films in this collection, research the various welfare reforms from 1880 to the present day and the move from self-help to state help. Using the archive footage produce your own documentary (or moving image essay) on the subject.
History (Home Front): It could be argued that this is a well masked propaganda film. List the different types of values promoted in society during times of war (then and now).
History (Britain 1880s-present) : Investigate what has happened to the cooperative movement since WWII. What impact did the welfare state have on the movement and how has it changed. Look into areas like fair trade, ethical banking.
Modern Studies: In the wake of the banking scandals of 2007-2008, research and debate the role of ethical banking in the modern world. Would it make the world a better or worse place?
Enterprise / Financial Education: Invent your own currency, raise funds and run your own bank or credit union within the school.
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