Film Times for BBC Reel History at the Museum

Tested out the films in the Museum Auditorium today and they look great! Have to say that the cinema trailer “In the Clear” and “Cumbernauld, Town for Tomorrow” are my personal favourites.

In case you would like to know what time your favourite film is on, listed below are approximate timings for throughout the day.

Time: 11.00, 13.28, 15.55

Film: A Cruise to St Kilda (1929). Rare footage of life on the remote island of St Kilda just a year before the islanders were evacuated off the island. Full film depicts the journey from Glasgow to the island via the Western Isles. Produced by Jay’s Screen Service.

Time: 11.07, 13.35, 16.02

Film: Birth of a Sewing Machine (1934). The manufacturing processes involved in making a Singer sewing machine at Clydebank, Glasgow. Full film is 70 minutes long and shows the entire process from castings to packaging the needles. Commissioned by the Singer Sewing Machine Co. Ltd. Silent   

Time: 11.15, 13.43, 16.10

Film: The Face of Scotland (1938). Examines the question “what and why is a Scot”, clip depicts scenes from WWI and a war memorial at Edinburgh Castle. One of a group of seven documentaries made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition. Commissioned by Films of Scotland.

Time: 11.19, 13.47, 16.14

Film: Dundee (1939).  Film made to celebrate Dundee’s rich industrial heritage, locals explain to the narrator how the city has changed over time. Film was premiered at the British Association in Dundee but had to be abandoned due to the announcement of the start of WWII. Commissioned by Films of Scotland.

Time: 11.37, 14.05

Film: Vital Statistics (1940). Glasgow appointed its first Medical Officer of health in 1863 to combat problems of overcrowding and disease. This film shows the work of the department from housing to schools to monitoring food stuffs. Commissioned by Glasgow Corporation Public Health Department.  

Time: 11.54, 14.22

Film: Future of Scotland (1948). Tom Johnston, the former Secretary of State  for Scotland and founder of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, talks about the benefits of devolution for Scotland. Clip from a larger film about Scotland’s industry and culture. Sponsored by J. Arthur Rank Organisation.

Time: 11.56, 14.24

Film: Housewives of Tomorrow (1951). A Domestic Science class as taught in a Glasgow school. Made in 1951 this film depicts very old-fashioned traditional roles for women as housewives; looking after the children, cooking and cleaning. Filmed at Albert Secondary School, Glasgow. Silent

Time: 12.10, 14.38

Film: In the Clear (1957).  Tuberculosis was once a major threat to Britain’s health and in the 1950s there was a campaign to get people diagnosed early by getting a chest x-ray. This cinema trailer, starring Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter, was made to encourage people to do just that. Commissioned by the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis.  

Time: 12.13, 14.41

Film: Young in Heart (1963). Film showing the making of the Hillman Imp motorcar from conception to production at its factory in Linwood, Paisley. The film offers a colourful insight of the workings of the factory which was built to help recover jobs lost from the declining ship building industry. Commissioned by Films of Scotland and the Rootes Group.

Time: 12.36, 15.03

Film: Songs of Scotland (1963). Part of a larger film of traditional songs from Scotland. This clip shows Dolina McLellan and Hamish Henderson singing “Bonnie Lassie I’ll Lie Near Ye’” in a local Edinburgh pub. Hamish Henderson was a Scottish poet and songwriter. Commissioned by Films of Scotland.


Time: 12.39, 15.06

Film: Making bagpipes (1967). Shows the whole process of making traditional bagpipes at Highland Bagpipe Makers who were located on Edinburgh’s Lawnmarket. Commissioned by Educational Films of Scotland. 

Time: 12.48, 15.15

Film: Cumbernauld, Town for Tomorrow (1970). Film about the New Town of Cumbernauld showing the optimism surrounding it at the time. Features the Reynolds Memorial Award, which the architects won for achievements in Urban Design. Commissioned by Films of Scotland and Cumbernauld Development Corporation.

Time: 13.15, 15.42

Film: Pure New Wool (1924) Made by the Scottish Woollen Trade Mark Association showing the production process in the 1920s.

Time: 13.19 , 15.46

Film: Morris Chair (1960) The making of a Morris chair using plywood at their factory based in Glasgow. Produced by Templar Film Studios.

Time: 13.23, 15.50

Film: Gold Star (1971) Educational film depicting welding and making of “Gold Star”, which at the time was the largest ship built in Scotland.

Time: 13.26 , 15.53

Film: Highlands (1971) Clip shows glass blowing at Caithness Glass, Wick. Commissioned by HIDB, British Aluminium Company and Films of Scotland.

All films courtesy of NLS Scottish Screen Archives

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