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Autumn in Scotland (1960c)
The autumn harvesting of potatoes and turnips.
Tatties Video Clip

Beyond the Grampians (1963)
Footage of the North East fishing industry.
Aberdeen's Fishermen Video Clip
The Herring Haul and Kippering Video Clip

A Crofter’s Life in Shetland (1931)
Views of life in 1930s Shetland.
Peat Cutting on the Croft Video Clip
The Herring Catch at Lerwick Video Clip
Work on the Croft Video Clip

County of Dunbarton (1947)
A survey of the principal industries in the county of Dunbarton
Dunbarton Farming Video Clip

Disappearing Island, The (1964)
A moving portrait of the island of Barra.
Barra Fishing Industry Video Clip

Eriskay - A Poem of Remote Lives (1935)
A touching film about the islanders of Eriskay.

Eriskay Men at Work Video Clip
Eriskay Weaving Women Video Clip
Eriskay Women at Work Video Clip

Farmers Boy (1938)
Prospects for a young boy in farming

Spring Video Clip
Harvest Time Video Clip
Farmers' Market Video Clip

Fife (1950)
The agriculture, industries and tourist trade of Fife.

Farming in Fife Video Clip

The Future of Scotland (1948)
An optimistic film describing post-war Scotland.
Fishing Developments Video Clip

Granite City, The (1936)
Views of Aberdeen’s fishing industry and popular beaches.
Granite City Fish Video Clip

Isles of the West (1939)

A rather patronising look at life on the Isle of Lewis.
Lewis Crofters Video Clip
Stornoway Fishing Video Clip

Look of Galloway, The (1967)
Life in the Galloway countryside.
Galloway Dairy Video Clip
Galloway Farming Video Clip

Ministry of Informations Trailers (1943)
Government appeals for help with the war effort.
Harvest Holidays Video Clip

Scotland’s Century (1999)

Scots give their memories of events of the last century.

Blacksmiths audio clip
Childhood Memories audio clip
Farming Day audio clip
Fish Salesman and Steam Drifter audio clip
The Future of Fishing audio clip
Harvest audio clip
Instinct Over Technology audio clip
Lost at Sea audio clip
Superstition audio clip
Steam Drifter Memories audio clip
1930’s Crofting audio clip
The Fisherman’s Wife audio clip
The Herring Fleet audio clip
The True Price of Fish audio clip
Tweed audio clip

Scotland on Film (2002)

Interviewees from the TV programme share memories of Scotland.

Alec Cowie - Fishing Video Clip
Alex Murray - Farming Video Clip
Mina MacNeilage - Crofting Video Clip

Spring in Galloway (1930s)
An amateur film of life in Galloway.
Galloway Lumberjacks Video Clip

Village Blacksmith (1956)
The work of the local blacksmith.
Village Blacksmith Video Clip
Life on the estate
Fishing and Farming
Island Life

Margaret Strachan of Aberdeen. Farming in the 1940s. When I was only 12 I started tattie picking for 24 shillings a week. The bonus was getting a free bag of the leftover tatties and carrots from the friendly farmers. During picking season we’d have afternoon tea of bread and jam, with a cup of pale tea. It was so, so cold, I remember my granny knitting me some gloves, but without fingers, so I was still quite cold. There wasn’t much work around and I can remember clearly my auntie going to America to make some money. Another relative of mine, a cousin, went to Australia in the 1960’s on a £10 passage to Australia. A lot of people that left Scotland found that times were still hard for them abroad when they first arrived, having to start again in a foreign country wasn’t as glamorous as it might have sounded.

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