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Glasgow's Yesterdays (clip 1)

Compilation of early news and local topical footage

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A selection of local topical films made in the early years of the 20th century looking at life in Glasgow. The compilation was produced by C. A. Oakley around 1940 from original nitrate films he discovered in the 1930s. This clip shows holidaymakers arriving at Wemyss Bay Railyway Station following their train journey to catch the ferry.

Questions & Activities


  • Where are the people going? Where are they from?
  • What are they wearing? How is it different to what we wear today?
  • Who made the film? Why?
  • When was it made?
  • What is meant by 'Fair Holidays'?


Social History / Modern Studies / Journeys: Wemyss Bay is the rail stop for the ferry to Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Investigate which ferries still run from Wemyss Bay and where they go.

Social History: What social class do these people belong to? Research dress codes and habits and investigate class indicators.

Social History / Journeys: how long did it take to get to Rothesay in the Edwardian period and how long does it take now? Who goes to Rothesay now?

English: Write about the literal/metaphorical journey.

English: Write a diary entry of this journey.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-001-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0012
Date 1910 - 1922
Genre Documentary, Local Topical
School Subject Social History, English
Subject Matter Journeys
Who C. A. Oakley (producer), James Hart (filmmaker), Scottish Film Council (sponsor)
Where Wemyss Bay
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 0:51
Film Length 09:30