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The Grand Match (clip)

Curling on Scotland's only lake

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The 38th Grand Match of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club held on the frozen Lake of Menteith in 1979.

Questions & Activities


  • How many different winter sports can you think of?
  • Which countries have won Olympic Gold in curling?
  • What safety risks might this game involve?
  • How does the film use interesting camera shots to enhance the mood?
  • When do you think this film was made and why?


History / PE: Find out more about the Bonspiel. When did the lake last freeze over?

History / Modern Studies: Find out who Cunninghame Graham was and what his connection to the Lake of Menteith?

Social History / Health and Wellbeing: Invent a new crazy game which 'only the Scots could have invented'!

PE / Media Studies: Import the film into editing software. Create a 15-20 second trailer to get people interested in playing curling - be creative with music and voiceover.

English: Write a voiceover from the point of view of a curling stone.

English: Show freeze frames of 3-4 of the different characters and write mini-biographies for them.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-327-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 3127
Date 1981
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Modern Studies, Geography, English
Subject Matter Sport
Who Films of Scotland and The Scottish Film Production Trust (sponsor), Jon Schorstein (director), The Scottish Film Production Trust (production company)
Where Lake Menteith, Aberfoyle
Event Curling
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 4:37
Film Length 15:00