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Here and There (clip)

A colour record of mid-century ploughing and peat cutting in Caithness.

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Footage of croft life from rural Caithness in the early 1940's. The clip opens on a crofter and two horses ploughing a field. Next, two men cut peat from a bank as a sheepdog watches on. Peat is stacked to begin the drying process. Two portraits of the workers briefly appear, before further scenes from the peat harvesting play out the clip.

Questions & Activities


  • What is happening in this film?
  • What is the peat used for?
  • Why must it be dried?
  • What is it formed from?
  • What are the environmental effects of removing too much peat?
  • What does this film say about the life of Crofters?
  • Why would people want to leave?


Technologies / Geography: Research the technology of agriculture. How long would the man have continued using horses?

Geography / Geology: How long does it take peat to form?

Music: Create a work song to complement the movement in the film that would reflect the things you would find in a working film.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-337-C
Resource Rights Holder By kind permission of The Wick Society
Project Ref 2681
Date c. 1940-45
Genre Amateur Documentary
School Subject Technologies, Geography, Geology, Music
Who Alex Johnston (filmmaker)
Where Caithness
Attributes Colour, Silent
Clip Length 1:52
Film Length 03:06