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Dunbar - The A1 Resort (clip)

Summer fun at one of Scotland's top holiday destinations

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A promotional film for the holiday resort of Dunbar it shows holiday-makers arriving by train, visitors exploring the harbour and castle, amusements and sports available and nearby Tantallon Castle. This clip features a beauty contest taking place at the Dunbar lido (an open air swimming pool).

Questions & Activities


  • How well would these women fare in a modern beauty pageant?
  • What does 'body image' mean? Can you think of any modern day equivalent?
  • Why do people enter such contests? What role do 'beauty queens' perform?
  • Do you think beauty queens and glamour models are good role-models for today's children? Discuss.
  • Why do you think the film-maker used this music?


Health and Wellbeing / Fashion / Gender Studies: Debate - This house believes that beauty contests objectify women. Find examples from magazines that use objectifying images of men and women to sell a product. Investigate concepts of 'beauty' from around the world.

Geography / Gender Studies / Fashion: Research the Miss World Competition. Examine how the competition is judged and what the role of Miss World is after winning the competition.

History / Health and Wellbeing: Research the history of lidos/outdoor swimming pools in Scotland and find out where they were and how many still exist. See what other documentary evidence for outdoor bathing you can find and find out why some people still believe that outdoor bathing all year round is a very healthy form of outdoors activity.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-253-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1815
Date 1970
Genre Promotional, Sponsored
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Physical Education, Art and Design, Gender Studies
Subject Matter Language, Fashion
Who Campbell Harper Films Ltd (production company), Dunbar Joint Publicity Committee (sponsor), James Hickie (director)
Where Dunbar
Event Beauty Pageant
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 1:56
Film Length 19:40