About Scotland Street School Museum

Scotland Street School Museum

Scotland Street School was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903-1906 for the School Board of Glasgow. Now as a museum, it tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

The building is a must see for Mackintosh fans, as a fantastic example of his architectural​ style. With many features built into the stonework and staircases, there is something to admire around every corner!

When Scotland Street School first opened on 15 August 1906, it served a growing population employed by the then vast shipbuilding industry and the many engineering works, in and around the River Clyde. At its peak it could accommodate 1250 pupils and for 73 years generations of Glasgow children from the Kingston and Tradeston areas on the south side of the city were educated within these walls. 

The area started to change after the Second World War as the shipping industry began to decline and improvements were made to housing and transport across the city.  Residents were gradually relocated to the new towns being built outside Glasgow and the tenement flats they left behind were demolished to make way for the inner-city ring road. Gradually, the community moved away from Kingston and Scotland Street School found itself isolated in a wilderness of roads and industrial warehouses.  It closed as a school in 1979 with only 89 pupils remaining on its roll.  

In telling the story of education during this time, Scotland Street School Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Find out what school days were like in the reign of Queen Victoria, during World War II, and in the 1950s and 60s, in our three reconstructed classrooms. You can even dress up as a pupil from the past!

Welcome Video

For visitors who use British Sign Language or International Sign Language our videos below provide welcome information to the museum. The videos give you introductory information about the museum, including details of the collection on display there, as well as information on how you can get involved with events.​

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