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Scotland and the New World (clip 3)

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 the development of new industries in the 1950s and features shots of industrial estates and factory interiors, and shows the manufacture of nylons, golf clubs, safety lamps, adding machines, electronic equipment, electric razors, synthetic hormones, screws, paper patterns, and clocks.

Questions & Activities


  • Why was this film made and who for?
  • What new industries are mentioned in this clip?
  • What perceptions do you think the outside world has of Scotland today?
  • Would you say the world still has a perception of Scotland as hard working?
  • Which government was in power at the time and can what can you tell from the film about their political agenda?


Economic History: Post-war reconstruction -€“ Research the boom of the 1950s and how it concealed the decline of heavy industry? Did Scotland really change and adapt or was this just a marketing dream? Discuss the term "€œYou've never had it so good".

Higher History: Discuss the economic policy of the UK government in the 1950s?

Enterprise / Business Studies / International Education: If you were going to sell Scotland today what would you focus on? Create your own marketing campaign for Scotland today.

Economic History / Geography: View this film along together with 'Edinburgh (clip 2)' 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 007-000-000-067-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, Politics
Who Anglo Scottish Pictures (production company), Central Office of Information (sponsor), Charles Heath (director)
Where Edinburgh
Event Working life
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 3:23
Film Length 18:00