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Scotland and the New World (clip 1)

A look at the social and economic changes in Scotland during the 1950s

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A look at the social and economic changes in Scotland during the 1950s, from the restoration of Iona Abbey to the development of new industries. This clip talks about traditional industries and features shots of various stages in the manufacture of crystalware; shaping, blowing, grinding and cutting. It also looks at whisky distillation and export.

Questions & Activities


  • How does the music influence the tone of the film?
  • Who do you think the film was made for?
  • What other Scottish craft based industries can you think of?
  • What is happening to the craft based industries today?
  • How do the filmmakers underscore the Scottishness of the products?


Business studies: Research other Scottish traditional industries that operate today. How many of them continue to operate as craft based industries and how many have adopted industrial production methods?

Early years: Stop the clip and predict what the glass blower is making

Science: Ask the students to research the process of distillation and to find out how many different kinds of products are made using this process.

International Education: Whisky is a product very much associated with Scottish identity, discuss which other objects people and symbols are associated with Scotland. The clip says that 70% of the whisky was exported to America. Why might Scottish whisky be particularly popular in America? Is it still as popular today?

Economic History / Geography: View this film along together with 'Edinburgh (clip 2)', Scotland and the New World (clip 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 007-000-000-063-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of the British Film Institute
Project Ref 0296
Date 1953
Genre Public Information, Sponsored
School Subject Business Studies, Economic History, Technologies, Science, Geography, English
Subject Matter Early Years, International Education
Who Anglo Scottish Pictures (production company), Central Office of Information (sponsor), Charles Heath (director)
Where Edinburgh, Highlands, Iona Abbey
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 1:24
Film Length 18:00