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Temperance Events Edinburgh 1938 (clip)

Film record of a street parade

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Various events at the Edinburgh Temperance Day. The Temperance Movement encouraged people to abstain from alcohol. This clip features various banners on the parade including "The Only Safe Course", "Milk is Best". Shots include the Temperance King and Queen, the parade including floats, brass band and pipe bands.

Questions & Activities


  • Do you think an event like this would be successful today?
  • What was the temperance movement? When was it most successful?
  • Who made this film and why?
  • Who do you think funded the Temperance event?


History: Find out about what happened in America in the 1920s when the Government banned alcohol - the Prohibition era.

Art / Media Studies / Design (Graphics): Re-brand the Temperance movement for the modern day, including posters, promotional films, events, festivals.

Science / PSD / Health and Wellbeing: Plan and carry out a health information event for a topic of your choice (if possible try and arrange for at least one outside speaker).

English / Media: 'School is bad for your health!' Design a 'spoof campaign' against school, healthy eating, sport etc. - one of society's accepted norms.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-305-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2356
Date 1938
Genre Amateur, Documentary, Propaganda
School Subject History, Modern Studies, Media Studies, Health and Wellbeing
Where Edinburgh
Event Temperance March
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 1:47
Film Length 5:30