DAY IN THE HOME, a

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Subjects:

  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions

Genres:

  • Educational

People/organisations:

  • Campbell Harper Productions
  • Scottish Educational Film Association (SEFA)

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: DAY IN THE HOME, a

Reference number: 0017

Date: 1951

Sponsor: Joint Production Committee of SEFA and SFC

Production company: Campbell Harper Films Ltd.

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.53 mins

Description: Every day chores and family life in a Scottish home.

Used in the teaching of domestic science. Paper Archive 1/6/17 File containing correspondence, scripts etc.

Teaching notes at 11/1/432.

The role of "mother" and "father" were played by two teachers at James Clerk High School. Father was played by Iain Lees, the French and Spanish Teacher and "mother" was played by the domestic science teacher. [information provided at screening, 2008]

Screened at Edinburgh Film Festival as one of a programme of educational film shorts. See paper archive held by the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

Credits: supervised by a panel of domestic science teachers.
educational adviser Miss R.S. Cairns
commentary May Brown

Shotlist: Credits (.20); Sound of an alarm clock as father wakes up and puts on beside light and gets up. (.50); Shots in kitchen as father lights coke burning water heater. Mother opens bedroom windows and airs the blankets.(1.28); Milk is taken in from the front doorstep (1.40); Shots in kitchen as mother gives baby a drink (2.01); Daughters get up (2.14); Various shots of the family getting ready (2.47); Shots of family at breakfast table (3.37); Father leaves for work and mother sees girls off to school in uniform (3.59); Mother washes up, cleans and lays coal for the fire, washes steps, makes beds, vacuums, and dusts (5.04); Shot of mother in street with pram (5.27); Mother in kitchen baking (6.30); Her sister arrives (7.02); Mother at sewing bee. Shots of a group of women in room talking, sewing and knitting (7.17); Daughters arrive home from school, have glass of milk and biscuit (8.11); Mother baths baby and feed him (8.46); Father arrives home. Baby put to bed (9.11); Mother serves evening meal, shots of the family at dining table (10.24); Girls help to clear up and then do homework. One goes to bed. Mother sews and father mends doll (11.47); Father makes a pot of tea (12.12); Mother prepares table for breakfast and father cleans shoes (12.37); Mother looks in on children, father reads in bed and then switches off the bedside light (13.16); ecs (13.53)