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Dumbarton 1944-46 (clip 1)

Footage of the Norwegian Week festival in Dumbarton, 1944

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We see an 'Aid to Norway' banner on Glencairn House, and then shots of the tearoom, with a close up of a poster advertising Norwegian Week. There are then shots of mature women helpers, and the Norwegian flag on Burgh Hall. A uniformed military officer then speaks to the crowd, before a female pipe band marches on Greenhead Road, followed by footage of carnival floats and people in wartime fancy dress, including Churchill and Charlie Chaplain.

Questions & Activities


  • Why do you think this parade was held?
  • What links were there between Britain and Norway during WWII?
  • Why were the people raising funds for Norway?
  • Which politicians can you see caricatured in this film and can you identify the famous wartime photograph that is being parodied?


History (Home Front) / English: Research wartime austerities and find out which supplies that we take for granted were in short supply and which supplies were more plentiful. How did people adjust their lives to compensate for these shortages?

History (Home Front) / English / Home Economics / Enterprise: Organise your own Home Front tea party. Invite old people from your community and ask them to share their memories from World War Two. You may also want to film these interviews for the benefit of future generations.

History: Research the links between Britain and Norway during WWII.

Media Studies / English: Write and record a voice-over for the film explaining what is happening. You could present it as a news report or 'voice of God' or as one of the people attending the event.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-225-C
Resource Rights Holder Third Party Copyright licensed by National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1871
Date 1944 (events during Norwegian Week)1944 - 46 (original film made)
Genre Amateur, Documentary
School Subject History, Social Studies, International Studies, Media Studies
Subject Matter Home Front: World War 2, Citizenship
Who Ben H. Humble (director (attributed), )
Where Dumbarton
Event World War II
Attributes Colour, Silent
Clip Length 1:36
Film Length 15:00