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).
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|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)|
|Attributes||Black and White, Sound|