Fears over landmark Victorian school

Scotland street school

Claims that a popular architectural attraction could be closed as a result of council cuts have been denied

26th February 2020 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Fears have been raised about the future of a Glasgow institution.

The possible closure of Scotland Street School Museum has been highlighted by the director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.

The school, situated in the southside of the city, is a fine example of the famous architect’s art-noveau style and is a popular attraction for schools, tourists and families to visit.

In a series of tweets, Robertson said: "The proposed plans for Scotland Street School is a kick in the teeth for Mackintosh in the city.

“It will include the removal and relocation of collections held within the museum and cancellation of all exhibitions and activity programmes within them.

"This will make Mackintosh Queen's Cross Church [in Maryhill] the only authentic Mackintosh venue to visit in the city.

"We lost the Mack [Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building] in two horrific fires and now the city seems to be intent on losing Mackintosh's other great school.”

Robertson has said the planned closure has been discussed in Glasgow City Council’s budget plans for 2020/21.

However, a spokesman for Glasgow Life said: “Scotland Street School is not being closed and remains a valuable part of the city’s Mackintosh estate.

"We have been working for some time to build a business case for a comprehensive refurbishment project at Scotland Street School Museum and have already secured significant funding from the Community Asset Fund in support of a first phase of works.

"This first phase will focus on asset protection, with building fabric repairs being prioritised over aesthetic or operational improvements. In order to secure the further funding required to complete a comprehensive refurbishment, a review of the museum offer and the building itself as an architectural and community asset will be carried out.

"This review and a subsequent options appraisal will inform a case for further investment based on a sustainable operating model which will be considered in due course by Glasgow City Council.”