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The Higher Geography class at Bellahouston Academy, Glasgow is studying a course which includes a unit on industrial geography.

Pupils must investigate how concentrations of manufacturing and other economic activities change spatially over time, and the case studies must be from within the European Union. In many schools, because of available resources, that has often meant investigating either South Wales or the Ruhr.

With George Wyllie's Paper Boat and in the Higher class have been investigating the reasons for and the implications of industrial change on Clydeside, and considering why George Wyllie made his Paper Boat and Straw Locomotive, and why these were hung from the Finnieston Crane.

Appropriately, the class chose to make its boat for the exhibition out of an Ordnance Survey map of the city. Scale:1:2500 Plan NS 6063 Edition of 1954

Bellahouston Academy pupils also attended the reception for Glasgow schools, and joined the team of pupils guiding Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mike Russell, around the exhibition, taking the official photographs and video that day.

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