Scotland Street School
The school was the last major Glasgow commission by one of the City's most celebrated sons Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Opened in 1906 it was in continuous use until 1979 when school numbers had dropped to below 100 and the doors were shut. It's a shame it closed as the spaces inside the building are fantastic, light bright and airy. We were very spolied the day we visited, not only was the school really quiet but it was also gloriously sunny. Both helped to show off what a beautiful place it is inside and we got slightly very carried away taking photographs.
After several years of closure the school was restored as Scotland's Museum of Education. It's really well done and from the moment you step inside you feel like you've gone back in time. It has that old school smell which is hugely powerful at transporting you back to being a child and as you walk around and see all the tiny chairs, small sinks and rows of low coathooks you feel a bit of a giant.There is a whole range of different things to see, from an old b+w video about the changes in education in the 60's to examples of old school books, punishments and playground games. There are lots of things to interact with. The main assembly area is full of toys, there are interactive computers explaining different aspeccts of the history and the design and there are dunces caps to wear in the classrooms (everyone loves trying them on for some reason).
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The school is in a funny location - development of the bridge and the motorway saw huge changes in the area in the 60's/ 70' and where once it was right in the heart of a vibrant area it now feels quite cut off. This shouldn't put people off visiting though, its not a far walk from Pollokshields and is right beside the Shield's Road underground making it very easy for all our friends in the North to pop over for a visit.