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Tay Valley

Go on a colourful journey of discovery to learn about farming, fishing, transport and other industries of the era around Perth and Dundee, in this sweet 1950s educational film.

School programme and Educational film 1956 13 mins Silent

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Journey back to a more wholesome era, as you discover the Tay Valley as it was in the 1950s. Follow two children around Perthshire and Dundee to learn about agriculture, fishing, transport and other industries, such as the vanished jute trade. The sun is always shining in this tranquil and lush valley, with quiet roads and some lovely vintage cars, caravans, buses and steam trains. A sweet colourful educational film from the Scottish Education Film Association.

Made by SEFA (the Scottish Educational Film Association), who formed in 1935 in order to promote the use of educational films and other visual aids in education. SEFA collaborated closely with the Scottish Film Council to achieve these aims, with joint publications on aspects of film in teaching, children's viewing habits, and use of the resources of the Scottish Central Film Library. During the Second World War, SEFA ran mobile cinema shows in rural areas for evacuees. After the war, they worked with the Scottish Film Council to make educational films depicting aspects of Scottish life. As such, the films would have been shown in classrooms throughout Scotland during the post-war era.