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Battle of the Styles (clip 2)

The history of Scottish architecture

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An examination of styles and the work of various Scottish architects. The work of David Hamilton including the Palace of Hamilton, Royal Exchange Building - Glasgow and the Western Club Building. Designs and buildings by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson including St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow; Caledonia Road Church; Egyptian Halls; Great Western Terrace. Buildings by James Sellars - Kelvinside Academy; St Andrew's Hall, Charing Cross Mansions, Glasgow. Office blocks in Glasgow influence by Parisian styles and Art Nouveau. Orient House, Glasgow. Architects include: David Hamilton, Alexander 'Greek' Thomson and James Sellars

Questions & Activities


  • How are buildings protected?
  • Why are so many of the buildings so dirty?
  • Why should we keep old buildings?
  • What is the difference between conservation and preservation?
  • How many architectural terms do you recognise in this film?
  • Who are the Scottish architects mentioned in the film and when did they live?
  • What other Scottish architects can you think of?


History: Research when listing came in.

English: Research the word "Architecture".

Art and Design: Pick one of the architects mentioned and research his work.

History / Art and Design: Photograph any old buildings, which have been reclaimed and repurposed for modern needs. What are they used for and is the reclamation effective?

Architecture / Art and Design: The film states that there were three basic styles - what are these styles and how were they influenced from the near East.

Art and Design: Where did Art Noveau originate and how it influences other styles.

English / Geography: List the places mentioned in the film.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-309-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2319
Date 1968
Genre Documentary, Educational
School Subject Geography, History, Art and Design
Subject Matter Architecture
Who Educational Films of Scotland (sponsor), Park Films Studios (production company)
Where Glasgow, Hamilton
Event Architecture
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 7:27
Film Length 18:00