Biography of 'Glasgow Corporation'

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Between 1920 and 1978 Glasgow Corporation and various departments sponsored over 50 films. These films did more than instruct Glaswegians on how to be clean and healthy and become good citizens. They reminded Glaswegians – divided by class, politics and religion and ethnicity, that they all contributed to the making of a great city. Moreover they broadcasted the city’s pride in its assets and services and in the independence of its policies to nation and Empire. But above all they recorded the city – its people, buildings, streets and river, its industry and leisure, its power and decline – and its tendency to demolish and rebuild.

The Representation of the People Act of 1921 introducing universal suffrage gave the Corporation the means and the motive to sponsor films; addressing a local audience of recently enfranchised tax-paying citizens. The Corporation was amongst the first public institutions in Britain to make films explicitly for the education and entertainment of children. Almost always hiring Scottish film production companies (Thames and Clyde, Campbell Harper, Templar Films) the Corporation also played a part in the establishment of a film industry in Scotland. With few exceptions Corporation films always had a live introduction or commentary and were shown for free on council property such as schools, clinics, galleries and exhibition and the burgh hall.

From its initial position, in the silent era as ‘Second City of Empire’, to its final years in the 1970s as an institution, Corporation films projected the image of the Corporation as a leader of social and educational reform and as the guardian of a city which was represented as the site of repulsive slums, a vast public park, the beating heart of industrial Britain, the embodiment of modernity, and as an object of physical transformation and civic improvement.

[Extracted from the Sadness and Gladness exhibition catalogue. Introduction by Elizabeth Lebas for The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 2007]

Researcher: Lighthouse, Glasgow

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ANNUAL ART COMPETITION [2463]

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Schoolchildren taking part in the annual art competition held in the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow.

1955

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AT SCHOOL IN THE CAIRNGORMS [3084]

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Each year many Glasgow schoolchildren spend a month in the Cairngorms, at Glenmore Lodge, run by the Scottish Council of Physical Recreation. Instruction indoors is followed by outdoor training in map-reading and direction finding. Emphasis is laid on se

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1958

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BATHING THE BABY [1346]

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Illustrates how to bathe a baby correctly.

1938

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CHILD WELFARE [1349]

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The local authority's maternity and child welfare service in operation, showing the benefits to mother and child.

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1938

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CITY’S FARMS, the [1348]

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Film showing the hygienic care taken of cows before and after milking at farms owned by Glasgow Corporation. Demonstrates the use of sterilising and pasteurisation to produce a "safe" milk supply for hospitals and tuberculosis sanatoria.

1940

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COUNTRY HOMES [1345]

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How "country homes" for needy children were run, recounted through one child's experience.

1938

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EDUCATION AT YOUR SERVICE [5636]

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Overview of the educational facilities provided for children of Glasgow at primary, secondary and specialist schools in the city.

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1954

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GLASGOW - OUR CITY [0062]

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Glasgow old and new, with shots of contemporary street life and local industries. The film is interspersed with illustrations of 17th and 18th century Glasgow.

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1949

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GLASGOW 1980 [0974]

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A documentary on how Glasgow would look in the 1980's after the redevelopment of its traffic system and the construction of new housing developments, planned in the mid '70s. Relates to issues proposed in the Bruce Report 1945 - a plan for the complete d

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1971

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GLASGOW TAKES CARE OF ITS OLD FOLK [0135]

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How Glasgow takes care of its old people through the provision of Old Folks' Homes, including Forest Hall, Crookston Home, and Woodburn Home.

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1959

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GLASGOW TODAY AND TOMORROW [3158]

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Glasgow in the post-war years and the Corporation's futuristic plans for the city's development. [The film was made to tie in with an exhibition of the same title, held at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.] Relates to issues proposed in the Bruce Report 1945

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1949

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GLASGOW'S FESTIVAL OF FELLOWSHIP [0257]

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The Official Film of the Coronation Celebrations organised by the Corporation of Glasgow. One of three reels only. School children and pensioners on a day trip by steamer to Ardgoil, as part of Glasgow's celebrations for coronation year.

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1937

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GLASGOW'S HOUSING PROBLEM AND ITS SOLUTION [0844]

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Plans for building new housing in Glasgow and encouraging skilled tradesmen to return to working at their old trades on building sites.

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1919

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GLASGOW'S PROGRESS [1497]

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Rushes from an unfinished production intended as a sequel to GLASGOW 1980. [See also ref. 0974].

1978

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HEALTH OF A CITY [2241]

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Made to commemorate the centenary of the appointment of the first Medical Officer of Health for Glasgow, it highlights their work in housing, schools and hospitals.

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1965

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HOW OUR CITY IS GOVERNED [0315]

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Local Government election procedure and Glasgow Corporation committees in session.

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1949

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IF ONLY WE HAD THE SPACE [2101]

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Made to demonstrate how improvements to Glasgow city tenements could be made with the aid of Home Improvement Grants.

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1961

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KEEPING OUR CITY CLEAN [0420]

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The work of the Cleansing Department in Glasgow.

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1949

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LEADED LIGHTS [2160]

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The various stages in the assembly of pieces of coloured glass into a door or window pane, the application of lead moulding and polishing with blacklead.

1936

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MUNGO'S MEDALS [2102]

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An illustration of the efforts made to rehouse families from sub-standard tenement flats in Glasgow, and to alleviate the housing shortage in the city.

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1961

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OUR ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS [0397]

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A tour through various exhibitions in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

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1949

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OUR CITY - TODAY AND TOMORROW [0526]

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The city of Glasgow in the 1940s - its buildings, parks, museum, university and housing, showing the plans for major re-development of the city. Relates to issues proposed in the Bruce Report 1945 - a plan for the complete deconstruction of the existing

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1949

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OUR HEALTH SERVICES [0331]

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Describes the main requirements for a healthy city through its hospital care and public health.

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1949

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OUR HOMES [0317]

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Traces the progress of corporation housing in Glasgow from tenement homes to metal-framed buildings and the models for high-rise flats.

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1949

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OUR POLICE [0997]

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An illustration of the Police Force in action from patrolling the beat to catching a thief. The film also describes modern methods of crime detection.

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1948

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OUR PUBLIC PARKS [0300]

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How Glasgow's public parks bring the countryside to industrial Glasgow, providing city workers with fresh air and exercise.

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1949

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OUR SCHOOLS [0316]

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The education provided by the schools and colleges of Glasgow.

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1948

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OUR TRANSPORT SERVICES [0057]

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The story of Glasgow Municipal Transport System from hansom cabs to trams and buses.

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1949

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OUR WATER SUPPLY [0396]

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The story of Glasgow's water supply from the reservoir at Loch Arklet to the work of the Water Department of Glasgow.

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1949

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PASTEURISED MILK [1344]

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The transport, pasteurisation and testing of milk for public consumption.

1938

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PIGS [2163]

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One of the Carrick Classroom Series, the film shows pigs in a farmyard being fed, rounded up and driven into their sty.

1936

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PLAY CENTRES [0477]

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Recreational pursuits enjoyed by children at youth centres and summer camps for secondary school children.

1949

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PROGRESS REPORT [0268]

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A survey of Municipal Housing Activity in Glasgow. New council housing at Knightswood, Cranhill, Pollock and Tollcross.

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1946

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PROGRESS REPORT NO. 2 [0922]

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Progress report regarding new Pollok housing estate on the outskirts of Glasgow. The contrast between new semi-detached houses and older tenements is illustrated.

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1948

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SADNESS AND GLADNESS [0705]

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Jeannie and Mattie are accepted for a seaside holiday camp. One of a series of fund-raising films produced in aid of the Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund.

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1928

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SAWMILL IN THE FOREST, the [2168]

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Shots of men felling trees and transporting logs by horse to a small sawmill, where the timber is cut into lengths.

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1938

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SCOTTISH INDUSTRIES EXHIBITION 1959 [4289]

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The Scottish Industries Exhibition held at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Exhibiting companies display their products in brightly lit, colourful stands which often give as much emphasis to design as to their product. See also: ref {1109}, the 1959 SCOTTISH IND

1959

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STOBHILL HOSPITAL: The Story of a Modern Hospital [1347]

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The work of a modern hospital with shots 'behind the scenes' showing the kitchens, dispensary, telephone switchboard and nurses relaxing off-duty.

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1938

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SUNNY DAYS [0893]

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One of the films annually made to raise money for the Glasgow Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund showing Glasgow children enjoying holidays by the sea.

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1931

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TAM TRAUCHLE'S TROUBLES [0253]

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One of a series of films produced for the Glasgow Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund, it promotes the benefits of the Holiday Camp to children and parents alike.

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1934

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VITAL STATISTICS [1979]

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Some of the work of the Public Health Department, including the checking of imported foodstuffs, sanitary inspection of housing, hospital care and child welfare.

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1940

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WATER WHEEL, the [2170]

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A water wheel is shown in operation.

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1938

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WINSTON CHURCHILL VISITS ABERDEEN [2797]

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Winston Churchill, accompanied by his wife and daughter plant a tree in the home of Sir Thomas and Lady Jaffrey and the University of Aberdeen confers on him the Honorary Degree of LLD. [See also refs. 4025 and 4563].

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1946

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YOUTH CENTRES [0478]

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The various activities on offer in Glasgow youth centres such as woodwork, sewing, acting and gymnastics.

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1949

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