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Pakistani People in Scotland

A look inside a 1960s classroom and arrivals at a mosque

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South Asian children learning at a school in Glasgow. Possibly the Muslim school at 44 Oxford Street, Gorbals. Several teachers can be seen with the children. Urdu letters are marked on a blackboard.

Street scenes including a group of men entering a mosque and a greengrocer offering mangoes for sale.

The film ends with shots of people arriving at the mosque. One man is wearing the Glasgow Corporation Transport Underground uniform. The mosque is shown at its original position in Oxford Street, Glasgow.

Questions & Activities


  • What language can you see being used in the classroom?
  • What different factors brought South Asian families to Scotland?
  • What skills did South Asian people bring with them?
  • What is a mosque?
  • What challenges might the children and their families have encountered when they moved?


Research the history of Indian and Pakistani immigration to Scotland.

Create a promotional film about your school and its unique benefits.

Translate the words on the board.

Find out about partition and the establishment of Pakistan. Discuss what happened and how it is remembered.

Updated October 2022

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-371-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of the Mario Ford Film Collection
Project Ref 3217
Date c.1960
Genre Documentary
School Subject Social Studies, History, English, Music, Expressive Arts, Religious and Moral Education, Art and Design
Subject Matter Literacy, Citizenship, Immigration, Commonwealth, Urdu, Islam, Education
Who Mario Ford (filmmaker)
Where The Gorbals, Glasgow
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 7:09
Film Length 07:09