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Flood in Dumfries

Flood waters breaking over the banks of the River Nith in Dumfries, 1936

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Footage of the river Nith breaking over its banks in Dundee.

There is also a shot of a horse drawing a rag and bone cart through the flood water.

Questions & Activities


  • What was the reason for the flooding in Dumfries?
  • How dangerous are floods?
  • What are flood plains and why are houses built on them?
  • Where is Dumfries located on a map of Scotland?
  • Why is Dumfries at special risk from flooding?


Research where the major flood spots in the UK are located. Compile a presentation of the geographical and meteorological reasons for flooding.

How does this film differ from modern news reports on severe weather and disasters?

Write a letter to an insurance company as a homeowner who has suffered flood damage.

Write a modern commentary for this news report.

Film a news report on the impact of severe weather on a Scottish community due to climate change.

Old news reports such as this had music soundtrack added. Discuss if the music is appropriate. Research from stock music or write a new piece of music for the report.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-319-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2363
Date 1936
Genre Local Topical
School Subject Geography, English, Social Studies, Music, Expressive Arts, Environmental Studies
Who Regal Cinema (sponsor)
Where Dumfries, River Nith
Event Flooding
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 0:58
Film Length 0:58