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Glasgow's Yesterdays (clip 5)

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 film was produced by C. A. Oakley around 1940, and compiled from original nitrate films he discovered in the 1930's. This particular clip features a procession arranged to celebrate the Jubilee year of the Glasgow trams (1872 - 1922). Although horse trams had not been used for twenty years, two were brought out for the occasion by Glasgow Corporation.

Questions & Activities


  • How many different types of transport can you see? How were they powered?
  • How many different instruments can you name?
  • Why did the horses go the wrong way?
  • Where are all the women?
  • What is Glasgow Corporation and what did it do? What is its modern equivalent?


History / Social Studies: Research/compare policing of events then and now, and filmed coverage of policing then and now.

History / Technologies / Journeys: Research urban transport then and now, especially trams. Investigate the new Edinburgh tram, and trams in countries overseas. Create a class timeline of all the different types of transport - in Scotland, local area, or in general.

Technologies: Compare energy consumption of different transport types.

Maths: Compare costs of different transport types.

Geography / Journeys / Maths: Plan a journey using different types of transport, comparing relative costs, time taken, energy consumption, carbon costs etc, of the same journey taken by different forms.

Maths: Compare relative costs (against income) of travel then and now.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-009-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0012
Date 1910 - 1922
Genre Documentary, Local Topical
School Subject Mathematics, Social Studies, Technologies, History, Geography
Subject Matter Journeys
Who C. A. Oakley (producer), James Hart (filmmaker), Scottish Film Council (sponsor)
Where Glasgow
Event Jubilee of Glasgow Trams
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 2:04
Film Length 09:30