Dumfries on the Nith
Brief snapshots of industries and attractions in the Dumfries area
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This film features Dumfries on the River Nith with children swimming in the water; brief shots of cargo unloading from a ship in dock; street scene; a Condensed Milk Factory - delivery lorry with milk urns; woman holding up can of Carnation Milk; Tweed Mills; "Harrison's Mart"; "Thomson & Laurie Royal Auction Mart"; the Homes of Burns (Robert Burns' House – Ellisland), Haunts of Burns, the ruins of Lincluden College, the Globe Inn, St Michael's Churchyard and Robert Burns’ grave.
Questions & Activities
- Why is the water level so low?
- What is the Nith?
- What is tidal river and how does it work?
- Why are so many Scottish towns built on rivers.
- What are the pros and cons of building towns by rivers?
- What was condensced milk and how was it used?
- What is the ruined Abbey and why was it ruined?
- What is Robert Burns' connection to Dumfries?
- What other places are associated with Burns?
- What is significant about the Globe Inn?
Food / Health and Wellbeing: Create a recipe using condensced milk.
Media Studies: Using this and other films about Dumfries, create a new film about the history of Dumfries.
Media Studies: Make your own new film about Dumfries. Storyboard what you are going to film first considering what places and sights you think would be approporiate to record.
History / English: Visit your local graveyard and note down the stories on the stones. Choose a particular name and write a story of the life of that person.
History / English: Research the Burns family tree. Look at Robert Burns more famous work and write your own poem.
Art and Design: Paint a picture of your town.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|School Subject||Media Studies, History, Health and Wellbeing, Art and Design, Geography, Environmental Studies|
|Attributes||Black and White, Silent|