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Edinburgh (clip 1)

Everyday life in 1960s Edinburgh

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This film shows what life was like in Edinburgh in the 1960s, with glimpses into its historical heritage and featuring plenty of street scenes. This clip features panoramic views over the city of Edinburgh and Arthur's Seat and talks about the historical development of the settlement illustrated by contemporary prints and drawings. The film then looks at the New Town with shots of a fishwife delivering fish with a basket of creel on her back.

Questions & Activities


  • What is Edinburgh famous for? Is this the same today?
  • What attracts tourists to Edinburgh?
  • What were fish wives? What was the woman doing in the film?
  • Play the film without picture up until just before the word 'Edinburgh' and ask the class to guess what the place is.
  • Do you think this is a fair picture of Edinburgh?
  • What famous people, books and films do you know which come from Edinburgh?


Geography/History: Find out about the New Town - who was it built for?

Geography: Edinburgh Old and New Town are a UNESCO World Heritage Site - why? What other UNESCO World Heritage Sites are there in Britain and/or the world?

Media Studies: Import the film into editing software and create a tourist promotional film for Edinburgh. If you are based in Edinburgh you could mix this with new footage (e.g. Scottish Parliament Building, Tram works, Fringe Festival etc.)

ICT: Take stills and information from the film and use desktop publishing software to create a tourist brochure for Edinburgh.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-035-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0182
Date 1966
Genre Documentary, Educational, Sponsored
School Subject Geography, Business Studies, Social History, History, ICT, Media Studies
Who Campbell Harper Films Ltd (production company), Educational Films of Scotland (sponsor), Henry Cooper (director)
Where Edinburgh
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 2:31
Film Length 26:30