Archive clips from Western Isles commemorate life from 1930 to 1960

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 and what did they do for leisure?

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’ - 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.

The Make Film – Greatest Generation resource is available to download at: {http://|website} with archive clips available from mid April.

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.

Into Film’s Director of Education Jane Fletcher says: “Film has a great ability to bring past events to life and make them more memorable. This is a hugely exciting collaboration offering a highly engaging learning experience that will encourage intergenerational communication and understanding through exploring local history.”