The government persuaded Rootes, a car manufacturer, to open a factory in Linwood on the outskirts of Glasgow. The location was well placed to take advantage of the large local source of labour and steel nearby. The manufacture of the car, the Hillman Imp, was to employ almost 9,000 people by the end of the 1960s. Two former workers remember life on the Linwood production line.
The history of the Linwood factory provides a case study of changing Scottish industry and industrial processes. What was the impact of Linwood's closure on the workforce, local and national economy? This could link to topics on industrial processes and manufacturing from computing, ICT, design and technology.