Celebrating wartime islanders

What was life like before, during and in the aftermath of World War Two? Where did people work, what were their homes and schools like ?

Archive film clips showing life in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Western Isles between 1930 and 1960 are being made available to young people in the area as part of ‘Make Film – Greatest Generation’.

This is an innovative new project from education charity ‘Into Film’ in partnership with BBC Learning, the British Film Institute (BFI) and the British Council.

Inspired by upcoming BBC Two series ‘Britain’s Greatest Generation’, which marks the 70th Anniversary of World War Two - the project is encouraging children aged 7-11 to explore and commemorate local history by recording interviews with members of the wartime generation and combining the footage with archive clips to create their own short documentaries.

‘Make Film – Greatest Generation’ will comprise of a curriculum-linked teaching resource from Into Film (an education charity supported by the BFI with Lottery funding), a filmmaking toolkit to aid production of the final film, and a unique collection of archive clips from the BFI and British Council archives.

The diverse selection of clips range from ‘Western Isles’ – a colour film focusing on island life - to clips of transport, the wool industry and people at work and at leisure.

Also available on the Into Film website will be an exclusive interview with Steve Humphries, producer and director of BBC 2’s ‘Britain’s Greatest Generation’, who provides his insider top tips on successful interviewing techniques and on how to create an affecting life-story documentary.

The Make Film – Greatest Generation resource is available to download at: intofilm.org/greatest-generation with archive clips available from mid April.

It is a key element of Into Film’s Identity season which will run throughout the summer term.

Completed films will be showcased on a dedicated section of the Into Film website and all those submitted by 20 May will be considered for inclusion in a BBC Learning compilation film.

In addition, three of the completed films submitted will be selected to be taken into the BFI National Archive as a lasting legacy.