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Bright Future

How the banking industry was marketed to school leavers in the 1970s.

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New trainee banker Angela is shown going through a normal day working in a bank. This clip includes shots of Angela leaving home and getting the bus to work. Interiors of the bank with staff carrying out general office duties such as filing, typing, using the computer terminal and microfiche machine.

Questions & Activities


  • What impression do you get of what working in a bank was like? How have things changed?
  • The job Angela gets seems very dependent on specific exam results. How important are exam results in the modern job market
  • How has the look of offices changed since the film was made?
  • Do you think you will work at the same job for all your life?


Technology: Look at the technology involved in modern banking: fraud protection, computerised transactions etc.

Careers / PSD: Find out what a typical day is like in a range of different jobs and professions.

Media Studies/Art and Design: Create a promotional film and brand identity for a job or company of your choice, you might want to 'remix' elements of Bright Future using editing software.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-303-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of HBOS plc
Project Ref 2313
Date 1975
Genre Promotional
School Subject Technologies, Media Studies
Subject Matter PSD, Careers
Who Bank of Scotland (sponsor), Grange Film Productions (production company), Ian Brock (director)
Where Edinburgh
Event The world of work
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 3:59
Film Length 18:00