The Scotland Street Public School was designed by Glasgow’s famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (The Willow Tea Rooms and The Hill House). The school is now a museum with temporary exhibits and back to school classes where students experience the Scottish schooldays of Victorian times or the classrooms of WWII. The school was open from 1903 – 1979, teaching students from 5 – 13 years old. The cookery place, cloakrooms, and ceramic-tiled drill hall have all been restored to the original designs from 1906.
The cookery place room stood out the most with desks at the back seated for up to 60 students and 18 working stations ‘in the kitchen’. Girls aged 12 – 14 had 10 hours a week of homekeeping classes where they would alternate schools based on what they were taking. For example, Lorne Street School had the classroom for laundry washing and Lambhill Street School for housewifery classes (cleaning and shopping).
Inside the school there is a special Beatrix Potter exhibit. This year marks the 110th year since the ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’ was published. This year a brand new adventure for Peter Rabbit is told by Emma Thompson in, ‘The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit‘. The exhibit features original artwork of Beatrix Potter alongside the new book’s illustrator Eleanor Taylor. There was also a display of merchandise dating back to the early 1900’s including a rare Steiff Peter Rabbit Doll. The stories are brought to life inside the exhibit with illustrations of Peter and his friends along the walls. It is completed by an area with some flower pots where children can sit and hear a reading of one of the many adventures of Peter Rabbit.