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Tam Trauchle's Troubles (clip 3)

Holiday camp for blind children in 1930s

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This film is one of a series of fund raising appeal films produced for the Glasgow Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund to raise money to help send poor children on a holiday during the summer break. The film promotes the benefits of the Holiday Camp to children and parents alike and provides an insight into what life was like for Glasgow children during the great depression. A collection tin would be passed around after showings of this film at the cinema.

This clips features a special holiday camp for blind children in the 1930s. Shots include the boys dictating letters home that are typed in braille; a boy reading a poem from braille; the Great Ball Game where a huge ball is pushed by two teams of boys who are directed to their goal by sound - one goal has a trumpeter, the other an accordian.

Questions & Activities


  • How does the film present disability?
  • What aids and help do visually impaired people receive today?
  • Have attitudes to disability changed? Find evidence to support your ideas.


Find out how blind people were treated in the 1930s and compare this to today.

Who invented Braille? How does it work?

Research how technology helps visually impaired people today.

The film features a simple rhyme about numbers - can you invent any others to help you remember tricky maths rules or equations?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-055-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0253
Date 1934
Genre Documentary, Drama Doc, Charitable
School Subject Mathematics, History, Social Studies, Technologies, Health and Wellbeing, ICT, Physical Education
Who Glasgow Corporation Education Department (sponsor), Pathe Pictures Ltd (production company)
Where Glasgow, North Berwick, Tantallon Castle
Event Holidays
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 2:53
Film Length 40:00