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City of Glasgow

A portrait of Glasgow in the early 1960s

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This educational film gives an overview of the City of Glasgow, showing its buildings, industries, colleges, parks and football clubs.

Notable segments include shots of: the Gorbals' skyscrapers; the old fruit market; Bill Parsonage's boatyard with half-built flats in the Gorbals in the background; the "Carrick”; Colvilles steel works; various shipyards with brief shot of William Beardmore's premises at Parkhead; the Forth and Clyde canal and surrounding area; children playing in swing park; the exteriors of Rangers' and Celtic's football clubs; and a football match being played at Ibrox stadium.

Questions & Activities


  • Why do you think this film was made? Who was it aimed at and why?
  • How do students look today compared with students in the film?
  • What different kinds of transport do you see and what is it used for?
  • What types of jobs did people have at this time? How is this different to today?
  • What type of changes was Glasgow undergoing at the time this film was made?


Create a website including stills or short video clips about changes in Glasgow. Possibility for interdisciplinary work with other departments (ie. English - poetry).

Take a section/stills from the film and add a voice-over presenting Glasgow either as it was and recognising the changes that we see today.

Script a conversation between a person from today and a person from 1962 reflecting a change or changes in Glasgow or the world.

Match sections of the film with local literature (e.g. 'Glasgow Sonnet 1' by Edwin Morgan).

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-179-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0986
Date 1962
Genre Documentary, Educational, Women Filmmakers
School Subject History, Economic History, Social History, Geography, English, Expressive Arts
Subject Matter Rivers and Coasts
Who Educational Films of Scotland (sponsor), Louise Annand (director)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 12:00
Film Length 12:00