The Impact of the Clydebank Blitz

Generations working together to record the changes to Clydebank since 1941.

About the project

On the nights of 13 and 14 March 1941, German bombers targeted shipyards and the munitions factories of Clydebank, Dunbartonshire.
 
This devastating attack by German bombers saw the worst destruction and civilian loss of life in all of Scotland during the Second World War. 528 people lost their lives and over 4,000 homes were left in ruin, dramatically changing the urban landscape of Clydebank forever.
 
Pupils in one of Clydebank's local schools, St Stephen's Primary School, have been working with the Scotland's Urban Past (SUP) team to learn more about the Clydebank Blitz and investigate the changes to their local area since the bombings in March 1941.
 
After visiting the community-curated Blitz Remembered exhibition at the Clydebank Heritage Centre, the pupils learned how to interpret historical maps and gained hands-on training in photography to document Clydebank as it is today.

The commemorative exhibition, archival maps and present-day photographs provided inspiration for a series of intergenerational ceramics workshops which were led by artist Cheryl Ewing and came about thanks to a connection made at a local Generations Working Together meeting.

Primary 7 pupils from St Stephen's Primary School and residents from Dalmuir Park Housing Association worked together to produce ceramic artworks that will be publicly displayed in Clydebank.

A map of Scotland showing Clydebank
 
A photograph of a boy holding up a digital camera to show a photograph he has taken on it. The picture on the screen is of a playground.Pupils learned how to use cameras to document Clydebank in the present day.
A photograph of a girl in school uniform sat at a table working with clay. In the background, an older man is also working with clay.Pupils from St Stephen's Primary School and residents from Dalmuir Park Housing Association produced ceramic artworks inspired by the urban landscape of Clydebank.
A photograph of various clay artworks, decorated with buildings and streetscapes.A few of the clay artworks depicting Clydebank, produced by pupils from St Stephen's Primary School and residents from Dalmuir Park Housing Association.