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The Smiths in Scotland (clip 1)

The views of English men and women who have made their homes in Scotland

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A plane lands at Prestwick airport. People walk through the airport building. Planes taxi and line up on the runway outside. A propelor driven plane lands on the beach of an outer Hebridean island and there are wide landscape shots across a bay, and over mountains and foothills. The plane leaves again, and we cut to Princes Street in Edinburgh. People mill about. Buses pass tower blocks and we visit Glasgow, see women look in shop windows, children enjoying the bustle. We see a crane, and shots of construction, a car factory, an oil refinery, shots of men working at various instruments and machines testing aircraft engines. A room full of engineers build components. We see the university, with graduates leaving the main building and crossing the courtyard. There are shots of the new university, and shots inside the laboratory of bottles and science students at work mixing chemicals. Children learn to swim in a pool, and young children paint in a classroom. There is a shot from the hills of Glasgow's urban sprawl. We cross the Forth Road Bridge with a travelling shot, and pass along the road through woodlands alongside a river and past a landscape. Families laugh as they drive convertibles along. Sailboats play on a lake.

Questions & Activities


  • Who do you think made this film and why?
  • Which towns, cities and areas of Scotland are featured in the film?
  • Do you think the music is appropriate?
  • Which universities are mentioned in the in the film?
  • Which industries were - and are - important to Scotland?
  • Do you think this is an accurate portrayal of Scotland?


Moving Image Education: Using this film as inspiration, make your own film or audio-visual presentation to promote modern Scotland.

Art Design: Note all the similarities and differences in style and fashion featured in the film (e.g. cars, clothes, signage) and compare them with today.

History: This film covers a specific area of Scottish life and society. Investigate what else was happening in Scotland in the 1960s.

Media Studies: Among the list of people who made this film is Oscar Marzaroli, a significant figure in Scotland's film history. Complete a research project on his film and photographic work.

Enterprise / Social Studies: Create a timeline of Scotland'€™s industrial history from the 1700s to today.

History: Complete a research project on Scottish emigration and immigration. Why did some people leave Scotland at various points in history and where did they go? Why did people from overseas come to Scotland?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-287-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2231
Date 1966
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject History, Art and Design, Expressive Arts, Social Studies, Business Studies, Moving Image Education, Media Studies, English
Who Films of Scotland (sponsor), IFA (Scotland), Ltd. (production company), Laurence Henson (director)
Where Edinburgh, Glasgow, Outer Hebrideas, Prestwick
Event Immigration, Emigration, Migration
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 10:39
Film Length 22:35