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Girls Club Appeal

Fund-raising film

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An appeal for Scottish Girls' clubs highlighting the various activities offered. Includes shots of Loch Lomond, Glasgow streets, the club entrance, a cookery class, dressmaking class, drama class, first aid, kilt making, baby care classes, keep fit and Scottish country dancing.

Questions & Activities


  • What does the narrator mean when he says it helps "the girls develop their natural talents"?
  • If there was a girls' club what kind of things would you like to learn?
  • What different activities were the girls doing in the clip - how many of them do you do?
  • What do you think being a good citizen meant for girls?
  • What are the charity appeals today - what types of charity?
  • Show of hands for how many donated to Comic Relief/Children in Need - if it was a charity for the Girl Guides would you donate to it?
  • Is this film set before or early in World War II and what clues make you think this?
  • Why do the women have to go away?
  • What expectation is there for these girls?
  • What careers do you think were open to girls at that time?


Social History / Health and Wellbeing: Contrast the Girls Club to Girls Brigade, Guides, Scouts today and present your findings.

Social History / Modern Studies: Research how charity appeals are filmed and investigate how this differs to today.

Social Studies: Put together your own charity appeal (e.g. lunchtime club).

Social History / Maths: Research how many women were in employment in the 1940s/1950s compared with today - present your findings in a graph.

Social Studies: Discussion activity about career aspirations.

English: Creative writing - imagine one of these girls is transported to modern day Scotland - how would they feel, act? If you were transported back to 1939 how would feel and act?

Social History: Research topic - speak to grandparents about their experiences of clubs. Investigate the rights of the child.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-145-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0862
Date 1939
Genre Promotional Film, Charity
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, History, Mathematics, English, Social Studies
Subject Matter Citizenship
Who Girls
Where Glasgow, Glasgow, Loch Lomond
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 2:16
Film Length 02:16
References Girl Guides, Scouts, Girls/Boys Brigade.