Life in the Scottish Highlands: Population and Social Problems (clip 1)
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An educational documentary looking at the depopulation and social problems of the seven crofting counties of Scotland in the late 1960s. Notable images in this clip include shots of: highland industries and scenery, headlines from newspapers, parliamentary and commissions papers, map of the seven crofting counties, brief shot of Auchindrain, Argyll a township turned into a folk museum, Lawers village Perthshire, Brochs in Sutherland and the Northern Isles, Dunadd, Glenfinnan, Culloden moor, forestry commission plantations, Corpach pulp mill, and the hydro electric dam at Kinlochleven
Questions & Activities
- Who made this film and why?
- How much has the population of these communities declined according to the film?
- What kinds of work or professions are shown to take place in the Highlands?
- What were the Highland Clearances?
- What impact did they have on the Highland communities?
- The film was made in 1968. Do you think the solutions offered in the film have been successful?
Social Studies/Media Studies: Using a sequence of still images, voiceover and/or material from the Scotland on Screen website, create an updated account of the Scottish Highlands from 1968 to today.
History / Social Studies: Watch this film in conjunction with films about big cities such as Glasgow. How has the depopulation of the Highlands to cities affected urban life?
English: Write a piece of expressive writing as a child of a family about to leave their home in the Highlands permanently.
Moving Image Education: Download the film and re-edit it with a new voiceover and music to create a tourist advert for the Highlands.
Social Studies: If someone made a film about your own town/city, what would they say?
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|School Subject||History, English, Expressive Arts|
|Subject Matter||Highland Clearances|
|Who||EFS (Educational Films of Scotland), (sponsor), Michael Elder (narrator), SEFA (Lanarkshire Group), (production company)|
|Where||Achlyness, Auchindrain, Corpach, Culloden Moor, Dounreay, Dunadd, Glenfinnan, Kinlochleven|
|Event||Highland Clearances, Depopulation|