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Description

Nearly one third of the Borders' labour force was employed in the textile industry in the 1940s. Selkirk and Galashiels specialised in tweeds and tartans, and Hawick was famed for its luxury knitted items.
Intermediate/Higher History
This clip is from:
Intermediate/Higher History, Social Change - Employment
First broadcast:
3 February 2005

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used as an introduction to the study of the textile industry in Scotland in the twentieth century. Pupils could be asked to listen to the commentary and then to recall what they can remember as a mind-map, set of sketches or bullet-points. Pupils could engage in a paired or group activity to gather as much detail as possible about the features of the Scottish textile industry. A discussion about the relative importance of particular details could be a development from this.
On a wider level, students from different regions might view this and then be asked to conduct a more creative task. Students could consider how they might write a script for industries specific to their own local history and build on prior knowledge before commencing a topic on the development of industry.