Wishaw Co-op Gala Day
Street procession held on 26 June 1909
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Footage of the 1909 Wishaw Co-operative Society Gala Day. The film opens on a procession down Wishaw's Hill Street. Leading the procession is a marching band, followed by a large number of children in fine dress, many waving flags. The children are divided by gender, with the girls separated from the boys by a pipe band. The walking procession is followed by a number of Cooperative Society carriages drawn by horse. Ending the clip there is further footage of the procession, with the girls section shown in a different location. The camera's position closer to the procession allows for easier identification of their dress style.
Questions & Activities
- Why do you think the Wishaw Co-operative Movement had a gala day?
- What are the people wearing? Why do you think this is?
- Why are the boys / men and the girls and women separated?
- Why are fair and gala days important?
- What happens at a fair/gala day?
- Have you been to a fair day/gala - what did you see?
- What other business / religious or other movements still hold parades or galas?
History / English / Media Studies: Research your own local gala/fair day and its history and origins.
Social History: Research the history of the Co-operative Movement using the feature resources on this website.
History / Art and Design: Identify the flags that are being carried. Then design your own flag for carrying at your school's gala day.
Media Studies: Compare and contrast this film with other gala/fair days. What are the differences and what are the similarities?
Media Studies: Make a film of your local fair/gala.
English: Produce a piece of creative writing about your day at the fair/gala.
|Resource Rights Holder||Out of Copyright|
|School Subject||History, English, Media Studies, Business Studies, Social Studies|
|Subject Matter||Advertising, Literacy|
|Attributes||Black and White, Silent|