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From Glasgow Green to Bendigo (clip 1)

A look at the work of Glasgow's famous Templeton factory

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This film shows manufacturing processes in the world famous Templeton factory in Glasgow. This introductory clip includes footage of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation as well as scenes from the East End of Glasgow in the 1960s.

Questions & Activities


  • What is this man making?
  • How does the machine work?
  • What is the material blowing about on the floor of the workshop?
  • How has the design of cars changed since 1961?
  • How do the changes in music underscore the different narrative techniques in the title sequence and the following two sequences of the clip?


Moving Image Education: Stop the clip after the picture of Queen Victoria. Ask the class what type of film they think they are watching? Then after you have seen the whole clip discuss the techniques advertisers and promotional filmmakers use to try and impress their audiences.

Art and Design: Look at both clips from this film as a critical activity or research for an art unit. Choose work from James Templeton Weavers, Harris Tweed or Paisley Pattern.

Business Studies: Compare Bridgeton then and now, and investigate the decline of the textile industry and the arrival of cheaper clothes and textiles from abroad.

Modern Studies: The weaver is a representative of what used to be commonly called the artisan class. Investigate the history of this forgotten class, the rise of mechanized production and discuss the strata of contemporary society.

Create rug using recycled clothing.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-265-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2209
Date 1961
Genre Promotional Film, Corporate
School Subject Art and Design, Technologies, History, Environmental Studies, Business Studies, Modern Studies
Subject Matter Industrial Decline, International Education, Journeys
Who Anglo Scottish Pictures (sponsor), Films of Scotland (sponsor), Robert Irvine (director), Templeton Carpets Ltd
Where Glasgow, London
Event Working life
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 2:57
Film Length 18:38