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Excursion to Wembley

Works outing to the British Empire Exhibition in London, 1924

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Made for Pullars of Perth - 'the famous cleaners and dyers', taken during a works outing to the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, London, 1924. Caption cards narrate the visit. A train is shown arriving at Wembley Station followed by footage of the street outside the station. The company directors are shown with the MP for Perth, Mr R Macgregor awaiting the excursion party at the Exhibition. The party takes breakfast in a large dining hall before preceding to the Amusement Park. After being shown several of the Directors coming down a slide we see wide shots of several of the rides, including a rollercoaster. Some footage of the Amusement Park is then shown at a faster speed, with a caption card suggesting visitors need to move quickly to take it all in. Members of the party are shown laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall before proceeding to Westminster Abbey. Here the party are shown filing in to lay a wreath at the shrine of the Unknown Warrior.

Questions & Activities


  • What is an Empire Exhibition?
  • What did Pullers of Perth do?
  • Why do you think Pullers of Perth had a works outing to London. Who attends?
  • What was the name of the coffee shop where they have their breakfast?
  • Why was it important for the party to visit the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey?
  • Why might you have an away day with your works?


History / Technologies: Research 'Pullers of Perth'.

History: Research the history of the great exhibitions and their significance / importance to the British Empire.

History: The workers were met by their MP in London, what does this signify about the importance of the dye industry to Perth?

English / History: Describe the names and types of attractions you see. See if you can identify these on the National Fairground Archive website. How do these compare to fairground attractions today?

Art and Design: Design your own fairground ride. Take into consideration health and safety.

History / Social Studies: What sort of works events are still held today? Discuss whether these are important.

History: Compare this film with the Empire Exhibition of 1938. What are the differences and similarities?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-004-063-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1488
Date 1924
Genre Sponsored Documentary
School Subject Business Studies, Health and Wellbeing, History, Social Studies, Art and Design
Who Pullars of Perth (sponsor)
Where Perth, Wembley
Event works outing
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 7:38
Film Length 07:38