You appear to be using a browser that is no longer supported. You may find that you are unable to use all features on the site. We recommend upgrading or changing your browser, if possible.
Skip to main content
Search... Open this section

Here and There (clip)

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

  • Print All

Description

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

Questions

  • 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?

Activities

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
© Archive film content and stills licensed by National Library of Scotland and other rights holders. Other Website Content Copyright Creative Scotland.
All Rights Reserved.
Creative Scotland, The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU