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Aberdeen 1906

Aberdeen University's 4th centenary - with sound added in 1956

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King Edward and Queen Alexandra open the new extension to Marischal College, during Aberdeen University's 4th centenary celebrations. Lord Provost Lyon is knighted. The sound version of this film was made in 1956.

Questions & Activities


  • When were the first sound films made?
  • What can you tell from this film about Edwardian society?
  • Watching this film do you think more changed in society between 1906 and 1956 or 1956 and the present day?
  • When were the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny?
  • Why were people cheering the motor cars?


How has children's clothing changed since Victorian times. Research clothing of the rich and poor people shown in this film. Write a "what not to wear guide" for this film.

Research the politics of the time and look into the causes of the First World War and why it was referred to at the time as the Great War for Civilization.

List or write a Top Gear type of account of the different forms of transport that you can see.

The narrator comments about the vents as though he was there. Since the narration was added fifty years later, he obviously did not see them first hand. Update the narration from the point of view of one of the participants or onlookers. Discuss how the tone of our language has changed over the past century and why this has happened.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-009-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0042A
Date 1906
Genre Local Topical
School Subject Social Studies, English
Subject Matter Textiles, Fashion, Victorians, Edwardians
Who Scottish Film Council (production company)
Where Aberdeen
Event University
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 9:39
Film Length 09:39