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Scotland and the New World (clip 2)

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 Scotland's economic contribution to the war effort. Shots include: The Queen Mary liner launching at Clydeside; shots of inside a steelworks and wartime footage of tanks in the desert, a warship, aircraft carrier at sea, a Mulberry Harbour, army vehicles landing on the Normandy coast. It also shows shots of an aluminium rolling mill, footage of a Spitfire, a dog-fight, and a plane being shot down.

Questions & Activities


  • Who made this film and for which audience?
  • How does the music add to the impression of power and patriotism?
  • What were Mulberry Harbours and why were they so important to the war effort?
  • Why did the Queen Mary lay rusting on Clydeside and what were the reasons for working restarting on it?


Moving Image Education / Literacy / WWII: Download this clip and clips from other WWII themed films and edit them using Moviemaker or iMovie editing software on your school computers to create your own documentary about WWII or the home front.

Economics / Business Studies / History: Look at the reasons for economic recovery in the late Nineteen Thirties, was it a genuine recovery or was war the prime generator of recovery.

English / Technologies / History: List all the uses mentioned for steel and describe how important steel was to the war effort.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-065-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, Media Studies, History, Geography
Subject Matter World War 2
Who Anglo Scottish Pictures (production company), Central Office of Information (sponsor), Charles Heath (director)
Where Clydebank, Europe, Glasgow
Event World War II
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 2:45
Film Length 18:00