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Smokies (clip)

Film about a technique of fish preservation

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This film shows how an Abroath Smokie is made. The haddock are cleaned, split and hung in pairs on sticks and placed over smouldering hardwood logs in a pit. They are covered with cloths and after about 40 minutes they are ready and removed to cool.

Questions & Activities


  • What materials are used to produce the smokies? Where do you think the family got the equipment needed?
  • Why do you think this film was made? Who was meant to see it??
  • What is a 'Smokie' and what type of fish is it made from?
  • What do you think it would be like to prepare the fish?


Research the history of the Arbroath Smokie and other foods with protected status.

Smoking is a way of preserving food. What other ways are there of preserving food? Compare traditional and modern techniques.

Create ambient sound for the film using percussion, voice and objects.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-251-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1781
Date 1958
Genre Documentary, Educational
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Social History, Geography
Subject Matter Food
Who Educational Films of Scotland (sponsor), SEFA (Dundee Group), (production company)
Where Arbroath
Attributes Colour, Silent
Clip Length 6:50
Film Length 08:20