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St Kilda - Britain's Loneliest Isle (clip 1)

An early travel documentary

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A voyage from Glasgow to St Kilda, containing scenes of the Western Isles and island life of the crofters on St Kilda. Research suggests scenes on the island of Hirta taken in May 1923, with later footage of the voyage to the St Kilda islands taken c. 1928.

Questions & Activities


  • Where is St Kilda?
  • Why are they visiting the island?
  • What are they unloading off the boat?
  • Why had St Kilda received no supplies or visitors for nine months?
  • What did the people of St Kilda eat?
  • Who is making the film and why?


History / Geography: Why was St Kilda evacuated? Where did the people go?

Geography: Find out what happens on St Kilda nowadays?

Media Studies / History / English: Create a newsreel cutting together footage from this clip about the evacuation of St Kilda. Use voice-over and titling to narrate the film.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-081-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0418
Date 1928
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Religious and Moral Education, Geography, English, History
Subject Matter Emigration
Who John McCallum and Company (sponsor), Paul Robello and Bobbie Mann (director), Topical Productions, Glasgow (production company)
Where Glasgow, St Kilda
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 1:00
Film Length 18:00