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Singer Factory

Demolition of an iconic factory

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A TV news insert about the demolition of the old Singer Factory. Here we see the clockface of the main building being removed.

Singer Manufacturing Company's first Scottish factory was built at Bridgeton, Glasgow but demand grew so rapidly that the factory transferred from Bridgeton to a canal-side site at Clydebank. There were two sections, one making domestic machines and the other industrial machines. The Singer Clock became a well-known local landmark.

Questions & Activities


  • What do you think the building in this film was?
  • Why is the first shot filmed from inside?
  • How have demolition practices changed?
  • Why do you think it was significant to film this demolition?


The Singer factory was once the pride of Clydebank and one of the few major landmarks to survive the Clydebank blitz. Research the history and significance of the factory, then write a TV news insert to accompany the footage of this demolition. This could also be done as a simple creative writing exercise.

This demolition looks spectacular but potentially dangerous. Try to spot the various dangers.

Manufacturing industries have been on the decline in Scotland for over fifty years. Who are the biggest employers in your area today and how many of them are manufacturing companies?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-369-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 5128
Date 1963
Genre TV News
School Subject Geography, Business Studies, Business Management, Health and Wellbeing, Media Studies, Computing Science
Who Templar Films (Production company)
Where Clydebank
Event Demolition
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 1:47
Film Length 01:53