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The Heart of Scotland (clip)

Documentary about Stirling and the Forth Valley

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The history and industries of Stirlingshire. This clip provides an amazing insight into the craft of making iron baths coated with enamel at the Carron Ironworks, near Falkirk.

Questions & Activities


  • What is the bath made from?
  • What is it coated with? Why?
  • Does anything surprise you about how the bath is made?
  • Enamel baths are rarely made anymore. Why?
  • What are baths made of today?


Media Studies / Music: Some of the shots of the man operating the mechanism are balletic. Put the clip into editing software, find or create music to score the clip and cut a 'dance video'.

Science: What are the properties of enamel which make it good for coating? Where else do you find enamel?

Science / Geography / Technologies: Pick an everyday object at home. Find out where it was made and what is likely to happen to it when you no longer want it?

Geography / History / Technologies: The bath was made at the Carron ironworks near Falkirk. Research the history of the Carron works and find out what else was made at the factory.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-155-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0912
Date 1965
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Technologies, Science, Media Studies, Geography, History, Social Studies
Who County Council of the County of Stirling (sponsor), Films of Scotland (sponsor), John Grierson (treatment), Laurence Henson (director), Templar Film Studios (production company)
Where Stirlingshire
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 1:18
Film Length 24:07