EMPIRE EXHIBITION

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Royalty
  • Water and waterways

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1930s

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Title: EMPIRE EXHIBITION

Reference number: 0065

Date: 1938

Director: [filmed by Jimmy McKenzie and Joe McRobert]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.00 mins

Description: Rare colour footage of the Empire Exhibition, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow and of the first major dancing water displays ever built.

See also ref. 7202

Note: According to Ian Caldwell, (August 2008) former member of the Glasgow Education Dept. Jimmy McKenzie, Head of Visual Aids, Glasgow Education Dept. and Joe McRobert of Scottish Central Film Library jointly made a colour film of the 1938 exhibition. Caldwell fully expected that this film would have been in the Scottish Central Film Library when the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive started up in 1976.

Ref. 0065 has no attributable donor and was in amongst the films discovered and examined at the founding of the Archive. It is believed therefore that this could be the footage shot by McKenzie and McRobert and not, as previously catalogued, James Blair. A duplicate slightly different version is at ref. 7202 of similarly unidentified provenance. There is no evidence as to from where the attribution of these films to Blair came. There is definitively identified James Blair footage at ref. 2275 AN EMPIRE MEETS. Accordingly the attribution to ref. 0065 and ref. 7202 has been altered on the catalogue by the Curator, August 2008.

Shotlist: No credits. Amateur footage of the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, includes shots of the various pavilions, visitors and events (6.50); display at night of the "dancing waters" and illuminations (12.30)