29 March 2024

Family-friendly fun on offer at Glasgow’s oldest house during Easter school holidays

Provand’s Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, will host a series of family-friendly activities during the Easter school holidays to mark its reopening.

Glasgow Life, the charity that leads culture and sport in Glasgow, has confirmed the museum will welcome back visitors from Friday 29 March.

Provand’s Lordship is reopening following essential £1.6 million repair works, which will protect the building for generations to come and return it to an authentic 15th century appearance. The museum offers an opportunity to step back into the Glasgow of 500 years ago and is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in the city.

To celebrate its reopening, Provand’s Lordship will host a series of drop-in sessions, starting with a Haven for Nature event in its Herb Garden on 2, 3 and 4 April (1.30-4.00pm daily). The family-friendly sessions give visitors a chance to enjoy craft activities and find out what creatures live in and around the garden.

The museum will also be home to Echoes of the Past events on 7 and 13 April (11.00am-4.00pm). The sessions are run by Living History Scotland and take visitors back in time to hear 16th century music and song from the court of James V and Mary Queen of Scots.

Pose for Provand’s Portraits sessions will take place at Provand’s Lordship on 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14 April (1.30-4.00pm) to give people an opportunity to dress up in period costumes and take selfies while learning about the building’s history. A Scottish Stories for All event will also be held at the museum on 12 April (11.00-4.00pm).

More information about other family-friendly activities at Provand’s Lordship can be found on the museum’s What’s on page on the Glasgow Life website.

The work at Provand’s Lordship includes repairs to the building’s roof, chimneys, and downpipes. Doors and windows have been replaced in original styles and protection against rising damp has been added.

Visitors can learn more about the programme by watching a new, in-museum video interview with the conservationist architect who worked on the project.

Artefacts, including 17th century furniture and royal portraits, are back in place after being stored in Glasgow Museums Resource Centre when Provand’s Lordship closed for the preservation work in July 2022.

Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections, Glasgow Life, said: “The reopening of Provand’s Lordship is a major boost for Glasgow and its cultural sector, and there is lots for visitors to look forward to. The museum offers both a fascinating insight into life in Glasgow during medieval times and a number of activities for all the family. The preservation of Provand’s Lordship helps to secure a sustainable future for one of our city’s most important cultural and historical buildings.”