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Hawick Scenes 1909-1910

Local topical films of local events including a visit from Sir Robert Baden Powell

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A remarkable collection of local topical films of local events in the Borders Town of Hawick at the end of the Edwardian era probably recorded for screening in local cinemas. Footage includes shots of workers leaving Eastfield Mill; people on path beside the River Teviot; schoolgirls dancing round a maypole; children's outdoor sports; a children's procession; Jocky Shiel's sweet shop seen at the corner of the Loan and Beaconsfield Terrace; Highland Dancing; a parade of scouts from various parts of the Borders [Hawick, Galashiels, Melrose, Peebles, Selkirk etc] and Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World receiving the Freedom of the Burgh; scouts then demonstrate tent pitching and semaphore; finally, and ominouisly, soldiers in group march along country lane.

Questions & Activities


  • How are the exercises the women are doing different to a modern aerobics class? (think about music, types of exercise, clothes)
  • How are the children dressed?
  • Which fictional childrens films do you know of that depict Edwardian society?
  • What world event brought an end to this era?
  • What impression does the film give about the composition of society and social values at the time?


Research the history of Sir Robert Baden Powell and the scouting movement, its aims and its importance to British social life in the 20th Century. Write a letter from one of the participating scouts about his excitement at meeting the Chief Scout of the World.

Try to take photographs or digital video from exactly the same places depicted in the film and write or make a documentary incorporating both sets of footage to show how Hawick has changed over the last century.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-317-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2362
Date 19091910
Genre Documentary, Local Topical
School Subject English, History, Religious and Moral Education, Health and Wellbeing
Subject Matter Edwardians
Who James Renwick (scoutmaster), John Melrose (Provost of Hawick), Sir Robert Baden Powell (Chief Scout of the World)
Where Hawick
Event Local festivities
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 13:22
Film Length 13:22