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  • Glasgow


  • Arts and crafts
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations


  • Sponsored


  • JAY, Ronald L.


  • 1930s

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Reference number: 0742

Date: 1938*

Sponsor: SCWS

Production company: Jay's Film Service

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 11 mins

Description: The manufacture of Shieldhall furniture.

For further information see "The British Co-operative Movement Film Catalogue" compiled and edited by Alan Burton 1997.

Shotlist: Credits (.09); Pages from the past tell their own tale. A story of Shieldhall furniture (.18); Stills of line drawings illustrate commentary with scenes of small furniture workshop in Houston Street, Glasgow, in 1884. Stills of craftsmen and some of their furniture (.35); Four years later, the workshop was replaced by the factory at Shieldhall. Shots of the furniture produced there (.50); In 1931, SCWS opened the largest cabinet making factory in Scotland at Shieldhall, which today [ie 1938] employs over 400 staff (1.08); Logs are cut into planks, taken to timber sheds and stored until they are required for use, whence they are taken to the drying kiln (1.48); In machine shops, the planks are fashioned by various processes to make veneered boards (4.23); A table leg is turned (4.55); Queen Anne chair legs are cut (6.15); Shots of the sawdust extractor fans (6.40); Sawdust-burning furnaces (6.57); Furniture parts are assembled (8.19); The assembled furniture is then polished (8.40); Shots in the upholstery shop (9.20); Shots finished furniture (10.13); Buy the best. Buy Scottish. Buy Shieldhall. And so keep your own factories busy (10.31); ecs (10.37)