That’s one off the bucket list but not how I intended.


For a long time one of the things I have wanted to do is visit the Glasgow School of Art.  I have loved the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and also the works of his wife.  This year we are off for a holiday to Scotland and we will be spending five days close to Glasgow with the intention of having time to see the many things on offer in Glasgow and surrounds.  Top of my list was the Glasgow School of Art.

As you are no doubt aware that is now not going to be possible as the School suffered severe damage as the result of a fire, the second fire in four years.

The building was being restored after the previous fire when this fire occurred.


I will still be able to visit the Willow Tea Rooms

(Image courtesy of Willow Tea Rooms Trust)

but I am so disappointed that I will not see the School of Art  building in all its glory.  I was particularly looking forward to visiting the library.

If we get to Dundee we will be able to go to the new V&A museum there.  They are installing a section of the tearoom Mackintosh designed for The Ingram Street Tearooms which was destroyed in 1971 but part of the interior was rescued and put into storage by the Glasgow Museum. The Dundee V&A museum opens on 18th September so we might be able to squeeze in a visit on our return south after visiting Shetland.

I mentioned that I also was interested in the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret Macdonald.

Hopefully we will be able to see aspects of their work in the various museums and galleries in Glasgow.

I might also mention that there is some street art to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh so we can visit that.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Catherine says:

    It is such a terrible shame that they have had a second fire so soon after the first. I hope you are able to scout out some of these pieces to see whilst you are in the area.

    1. suth2 says:

      I hope so too.

  2. Lorna says:

    It is a real tragedy, that second fire, but amazingly they think the building can be restored. I had feared it was going to be a write-off this time. I hope you enjoy the Willow Tearooms, it certainly has a great Rennie Mackintosh vibe.

    1. suth2 says:

      I am so looking forward to my trip. Only about six weeks until we go.

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