Thomas Telford (clip 1)
A study of the work of the Scottish engineer
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Credits. A bronze head of Telford, then we cut to the Parkhead Bridge with shots of the arches and drivers passing over above. We see various bridges built by Telford - the stone Dean bridge, the iron Craigellachie Bridge, traffic over the Spey. An aerial shot of traffic moving in Stockholm, a Canadian motorway, and a link road near London airport. At the Institute of Civil Engineers building in London, we see the Telford Atlas, an engraving of Telford.
Landscape shots of Telford's birthplace. A boy plays at the edge of the river, and we see the bridge at Langholm, a ruined abbey with its arches. We then move to Edinburgh - a distant shot of the castle. We see a montage of architectural features and drawings. After returning briefly to Telford's birthplace, we go to London - there are shots of various buildings and landmarks. We see a map of Portsmouth Dockyard, then illustrations of the port and various designs from Telford's drawing board.
A man fishes on the Ellesmere Canal, then we cut to illustrations of the industrial era for the canal. There are then gentle shots of the canal, and the aqueduct as a boat is pushed across. There are shots of the aqueduct.
We return to Scotland and shots of the mountains and landscape, with a hand sketching a road; we see illustration of how Telford built his roads. A man fishes beneath a bridge over the Tay, then we have an illustration of John Gibb. We see more bridges inspired and built by Telford, and a bridge over the Spey as a heavy lorry is directed over it by a policeman. We see a harbour.
Questions & Activities
- Who was Thomas Telford and why is he famous?
- Which ancient buildings and monuments are seen in the film?
- What is an aqueduct and how does it work?
- What is the difference between an aqueduct and viaduct?
- What are bridges over motorways called?
- What is significant about your own town? Is there anything you would change?
- What are the different kinds of bridges seen in the film?
- What era did Telford live in? What else was happening at this time?
- What does 'medium' mean in this context?
- What great civil engineering challenges do we face today?
- How were these projects financed?
Science and Technology: Design your own bridge.
History: Research Thomas Telford and present your findings to the class.
History: Who were the first people to use arches? How does an arch work?
Technologies: Find out when builders started using iron and how this changed the shape of arches?
Maths / Science and Technology: Construct an aquaduct or viaduct to transport either water or some other product. Take into account angles, gravity etc.
Maths: Create a budget for a construction project and make a list of all the factors you need to include (ie. labour, materials, etc).
|School Subject||English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Science, Technologies, Art and Design, Social Studies, Expressive Arts|
|Who||Educational Films of Scotland (sponsor), Park Film Studios (production company), Thomas Telford (subject)|
|Where||Canada, Chirk, Craigenitinny, Dee, Edinburgh, London, Portsmouth, Spey, Stockholm|