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Glasgow's Yesterdays (clip 4)

Compilation of news and local topical footage

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A selection of films from Glasgow in the early years of the Twentieth Century. The compilation film was edited together by C. A. Oakley around 1940 from the original nitrate films he discovered in the 1930's.

This particular clip includes footage from autumn 1914 when Mr James Hart made "this delightful study of a Sunday morning church parade in Great Western Road. In a few months the elegancies of the Edwardian era passed away, never to come back."

Eight years later in 1922 Mr Hart went back to Great Western Road on a Sunday morning. Some of the old customs still live on, but the significant changes brought about by the First World War are clearly seen too. The clips show pedestrians leaving the church in Great Western Road and promenading. There are also shots of the Botanic Gardens and Kelvinbridge.

Questions & Activities


  • How different does the street look from a modern street?
  • Can you identify the different types and classes of people by their clothing, manners and movement?
  • How many different types of hat and accessories can you spot?
  • How do people react to the camera in the different parts of the clip?
  • What changes do you notice between the 1914 and 1922 sections?


Compare and contrast the mood of the first and second part of the clip. What differences can you notice in relation to the clothes, the shops, the ages and types of people?

Film the same section of street today (if you are based in or visiting Glasgow), or find photographs on the internet that show the street today. What has changed about Great Western Road? How has traffic changed the character of the modern city? Make a film using contemporary and historical footage to discuss the changing face of our cities and transportation systems.

Paint a street scene depicting the characters (and mix of characters) that interest you most.

Talk about the clothing and the idea of 'Sunday best'. What does this say about their approach to religion and society, compared to our modern lifestyles. Research churchgoing today and in 1914.

Compose or find music for the sequence. Then add appropriate sound effects to complete the soundscape.

Compose a soldier's story as he walks down Great Western Road in 1922 thinking back to 1914 and of his experiences during the First World War. Concentrate on the changes that he experiences in the world around him and how these reflect his internal changes.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-007-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0012
Date 19141922
Genre Documentary, Local Topical
School Subject English, Modern Studies, Music, Art and Design
Who C. A. Oakley (producer), James Hart (filmmaker), Scottish Film Council (sponsor)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 5:00
Film Length 09:30