Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

British Council Film Collection available online

British Council Film Collection

During the 1940s, the British Council commissioned over 100 short documentary films designed to promote an understanding of Britain and Britishness. They were created with an overseas audience in mind, and were intended to act as cultural propaganda, counteracting both negative Nazi propaganda and the popular perception of Britain as a country stuck in the past.

Digitised and researched, these films are now available for the public to watch and download for free, complete with trivia and contextual information.

British Council Film Collection on Vimeo

There are few Scottish items, but that’s not really the point, as these films are about Britain, and were largely created when mobility was somewhat less than it is today.

I actually found the example included below some years ago, but I don’t think it was shareable then, unless I hosted it myself, and I don’t have that sort of space or online account, but the good news that I can include it now.

An overview of Scotland’s inventors: Land of Invention.

Land of Invention (1941) from British Council Film on Vimeo.

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June 2, 2014 - Posted by | photography | , ,

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