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CLIP 7318

The shipbuilding industry in Belfast

The shipbuilding industry in Belfast
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Key Info
  • The shipbuilding industry in Belfast
  • Duration: 3:28
  • The Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has seen many changes throughout its history. Aerial shots of the shipyard are compared with an aerial photograph taken in 1943 showing increased levels of shipbuilding activity. Features an interview with a Harland and Wolff representative regarding the history of the shipyard. Archive footage shows wartime workers building and repairing ships. An interview with a former naval architect describes the importance of the shipyard as a source of employment. The shipyard built 140 ships and repaired over 20,000 vessels during WWII despite heavy bombing. More recently foreign competition and the post-war decline of shipbuilding in Britain affected business at the shipyard. It is now used as a site for other types of manufacturing, such as wind turbine construction. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: bbc.co.uk/britainfromabove/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Geography

       Topic:

    Urban: Industry

  • Keywords: Belfast, employment, factory, industry, labour, manufacturing, Northern Ireland, ship, urban, dock, war, history, engineering, BritainFromAbove
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on traditional manufacturing industry. Highlights the historical importance of the UK shipbuilding industry and the need to adapt to changing economic forces.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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