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Glasgow's Yesterdays (clip 2)

Compilation of news and local topical footage

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A selection of 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 street scenes and trams in Springburn with families parading past the camera and a trip to Rouken Glen park with a picnic and includes girls racing and skipping.

Questions & Activities


  • Where are these people going? What event are they involved in?
  • What are they wearing? What are they carrying?
  • Who are they? What ages?
  • How old would they be today?
  • What social class do you think they come from? Is it the same social class as the group going to Rothesay (in clip 1)?
  • Who is Mr David Stewart?
  • Who made this film? Why?
  • How many people are involved in this? Would you see this number involved in such an event now?


Research games then and now.

Can you find out more about the film's locations as they are today and photograph, film or find images online to represent the changes?

Compose or find relevant music to use as a new soundtrack to the film.

Write a diary entry or story of your day out at the park.

Write a script of what the children are saying to each other and act it out in class

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-003-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0012
Date 1910 - 1922
Genre Documentary, Local Topical
School Subject Media Studies, Expressive Arts, Drama, English, Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing
Who C. A. Oakley (producer), James Hart (filmmaker), Scottish Film Council (sponsor)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 2:05
Film Length 09:30