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Edinburgh (clip 2)

Everyday life and the industries of 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 looks at the the modern city, monuments and civic buildings. It paints a vivid picture of the city's industrial life with shots of breweries, printing, glass blowing, producing wire cloth, paper making, engineering, shipbuilding, glass blowing, electronics, rubber maunufacturing for tyres and food manufacture (shortbread).

Questions & Activities


  • What 'new industries' are mentioned in the clip? How many are still big employers in Edinburgh?
  • How many of the industries and products mentioned do you associate with Edinburgh?
  • What industries currently thrive in Edinburgh?
  • What town planning decisions were made to modernise Edinburgh over time?


Business Studies / Technologies: Find out how tape recorders controlled heavy equipment. How would it be controlled today?

English / Technologies: List all the different industries mentioned in the film and research which industries Edinburgh still has today and any new industries that have been developed.

English / Modern Studies: Tourism is a big industry for Edinburgh. List all the things you can think of that are sold to tourists and visitors to the city.

Art and Design: Design a product for the tourist market to represent Edinburgh.

Economic History / Geography: View this film along together with 'Scotland and the New World (clips 1 and 3)' and list all the products that Scotland was making following the war. Research what Scotland manufactures and exports for the world market today.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-037-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, Technologies, Art and Design, English
Who Campbell Harper Films Ltd (production company), educational Films of Scotland (sponsor), Henry Cooper (director)
Where Edinburgh
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 4:19
Film Length 26:30