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Falkirk Iron Works

Views inside the Falkirk Iron Works showing the manufacture of bath tubs

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Description

A man works on a bath tub with a welding iron. Men in protective clothing then lever baths from the kiln and cover the moulded pieces in enamel powder. There are shots of the sinks and baths stacked in the stockroom. We then see a worker turning taps on a fitted bath. There is then footage of the workers having lunch in the factory canteen. The cooks are dressed in pristine white uniforms, and the food is sent out on a mechanised 'line.' We then see shots of molten iron pouring through machines into tubs, before being carried across the factory floor. Some of the workers wear protective googles and breathing masks. The iron is poured into the bath moulds. The clip ends with an elevated shot of the works floor.

Questions & Activities

Questions

  • What are they making and what are the raw materials?
  • Which process are depicted in this film?
  • What similarities and differences can you spot between the shop floor and the canteen?
  • Have you seen anything else made this way?

Activities

Business studies: Research the principles of flow manufacture and the key technological changes over the last 200 hundred years that have improved productivity.

English: Romance was often forbidden across the shop floor. Write a romance based on forbidden love between one of the junior executives and the dessert maker in the canteen.

Social History / Geography: Falkirk had a reputation as an industrial centre. Research the town's industrial past and its current areas of economic activity.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-467-C
Resource Rights Holder Third Party Copyright cleared by NLS
Project Ref 5410
Date 1960c
Genre TV News
School Subject Social Studies, History, Geography
Subject Matter Engineering
Who Templar Film Studios (production company)
Where Falkirk
Event Manufacturing
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:23
Film Length 3:33
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