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Unemployment in Clydebank (clip)

TV doc about structural unemployment in the 1970s

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A current affairs programme about the bad unemployment situation in Clydebank during the 1970s. The film and the clip feature extended interviews with people of all ages and shows general views of a rather derelict looking Clydebank.

Questions & Activities


  • What atmosphere does the film create? How does it make you feel? What images do you see that make you feel like this?
  • How do you think the people in the film feel? Why is this?
  • Why is there high unemployment in Clydebank - what was the major industry that used to employ most of the local people?
  • How does Paul feel about getting a job? What emotion does he feel about telling his friends?
  • What industries are there in Clydebank today - what different types of work could you get?
  • What happened to Clydebank during the war and what effect did this have on the housing?
  • What is Clydebank famous for? What famous ships were built there?


Drama / Expressive Arts: Script and act out a short drama about unemployment in your local area today.

English: Write down all the words used by the people in this film that describe how they feel. Write a poem incorporating these words to reflect the feelings of the people in the film. Then write another poem creating a positive and upbeat feel to encourage them.

Social Studies: The people in the film feel depressed, embarrassed and frustrated that they cannot get a job. If you know someone who is unemployed, interview them about how they feel and compare their story with the people in the film.

Maths / Modern Studies / Economic History: The film states that there were 145,529 people unemployed in Scotland in 1973. Find out what the unemployment figure in Scotland stands at today and chart it on a graph. How does this compare with the unemployment figures for England and Wales of the same time?

Social History / Maths: In 1973 Clydebank had 20 schools, 2 swimming pools, 3 libraries, 1 cinema and 22 churches. Research Clydebank and compare how many of these facilities exist today. Present your findings in a graph or pie chart. What new facilities have been built that did not exist in 1973?

Geography / Art and Design: Research the shipbuilding yards of Clydebank (e.g. John Brown's) and create a map / mural / painting of what the area looked like in its heyday and what it looks like today.

Geography / Social History: Research why the shipyards closed? Where were ships built if not at Clydebank? What economic impact did this have on the workforce?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-391-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T0679
Date 1973
Genre Documentary, Tv Doc
School Subject Geography, Social History, Mathematics, English, Expressive Arts, Drama, Modern Studies, Art and Design, Economic History
Who Charles Wallace (director), Scottish Television (production company)
Where Clydebank
Event Recession
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 9:40
Film Length 26:07
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