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Good Health to Scotland

Wartime Health Information Film

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Made during the Second World War, the film highlights some of the problems healthcare in the Highlands and Islands and Scotland's larger cities. This clip focuses on the problems of Glasgow and promotes various modern health measures such as ante-natal clinics, school milk, holiday camps for children and inoculation. Here we see shots of chimneys, tenement back-courts, city streets, nurseries and health clinics.

Curricular Areas

Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Sciences and Social Studies.

Who are these resources aimed at?

Second, Third and Fourth Level.

Teachers must always watch our clips before showing them to their class to ensure it is suitable.

Questions & Activities


  • How do the opening shots highlight health issues in Scotland?
  • What effects did industrialisation have on health in Scotland?
  • Look at the clip of nursery school - how are things different from a modern early years class?
  • How are gender roles presented in the clip?
  • What added pressures were on medical staff during wartime?


Biology: How do immunizations work? What diseases are commonly immunised against today?

Modern Studies/PSD: How good are the school meals at your school? Are they healthy? What makes a healthy meal? What would you like to see available?

Modern Studies/Home Economics: Debate: Is milk good for you?

Home Economics: How has this changed in schools? Is it still gender divided?

History: How did health provision change in the twenty years after this film was made?

Home Economics/Biology: How would wartime rationing have affected the diet you ate and staying healthy?

History/Gepgraphy: Look at rates of infant mortality in Britain from 1900-present. Plot the statistics in graph form.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-059-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
Project Ref 0271
Date 1944
Genre Public Information, Educational, Sponsored
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, History
Who Henry Cooper (cameraman), Ministry of Information for the Department of Health (sponsor), Scottish Films Ltd (production company), Stanley L. Russell (Director)
Where Glasgow, Highlands
Event World War II
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 5:34
Film Length 19:00