Scotland Street School is a stunning Charles Rennie Mackintosh building that's now a museum of education.
The surrounding area seems pretty bleak these days, but luckily the school is easy to access, with a big car park and Shields Road subway station just across the road.
Inside the school, you'll find recreations of classrooms from various eras, a beautiful light, airy "activities room" which looked to have been the gym in its heyday and information on the work and role of typical school employees such as teacher, headmaster and janitor.
There's a huge and beautiful cookery room, and many artefacts throughout the building which illustrate typical Glasgow life during the various eras represented (for example, the old fashioned wringer which would be used in the domestic science lessons and which strongly resembled one owned by my grandmother in the days before washing machines were the norm).
The tiled corridors, recreated cloakroom and contents of the 60s/70s classroom took me right back to my own primary school days!
Other attractions include an exhibition about Mackintosh and the design of the school. There's a shop where I got a beautiful Rennie Mackintosh calendar for a fraction of the price that I'd expect to pay anywhere else - and there's also a small cafe (although since my last visit in the 90s I notice that the cafe staff have now vanished and all snacks and drinks come solely from vending machines - a sign of the economic times, I guess).
Also perhaps a sign of the times is the fact that the playground at the back of the school (blocked off to visitors) looks pretty overgrown, which is a bit of a shame.
Museum staff were courteous and helpful: one of the classrooms appeared to be closed, but a passing member of staff opened it up for me and asked if I was enjoying my visit.
But of course, the real star is the building itself. Its beautiful staircase towers and windows are just stunning and, of course, there are the usual typical little Mackintosh details throughout.
I must have spent a good couple of hours exploring the building and thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgia fest!
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