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Glasgow's Stock Exchange

General views of Glagsow's Stock Exchange located on Buchanan Street

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Interior shots show a busy working environment with female workers speaking into telephones. Exterior shots of the Stock Exchange building as shown from Buchanan Street. Interiors showing boards with chalked values where the stocks and shares were displayed; male workers bargain and take notes standing at desks in the centre of a large room.

Questions & Activities


  • What are stocks and shares and how do they function.
  • How many stock exchanges are there in the UK and how many are there today?
  • Is Glasgow Stock Exchange still in existence?
  • Why do you need a stock exchange?
  • What pre-dated the stock exchange?
  • What is a limited company and when did the idea come about?


Business/Enterprise: Compare John Lewis with Marks and Spencers in terms of company types. What are the differences in how the companies function?

Media Studies: Repurpose this clip to produce a news report on the stock exchange and what is happening.

Technologies / Business: Discuss kinds of technology that are seen used in this clip and how has this changed today?

Business / Economic History: Note down what you see on the boards. What were they selling and are these companies still in existence today? What kinds of companies are they selling and buying from and how has this changed today?

History: Find out where the Glasgow Stock Exchange was housed and what the building is used for today?

History: Research Glasgow'€™s place in the British Empire and how Glasgow managed to transforms itself from a small market town to a major commercial and industrial centre between 1650 and 1800.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-457-C
Resource Rights Holder Third Party Copyright licensed by National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 5143
Date 1964
Genre TV News
School Subject History, Economic History, Technologies, Mathematics, Social Studies
Subject Matter Business, Empire
Who Templar Film Studies (production company)
Where Glasgow
Event Business Trading
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:13
Film Length 02:13