Tenement House

Tenement House Step inside Glasgow´s most loved tenement and travel back in time to discover what life was life at the beginning of the 19th Century.
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The house at 145 Buccleuch Street was built in 1892 by speculative builders keen to monopolise on Glasgow’s swift industrial boom. Agnes Toward and her mother, Mrs Agnes Reid Toward, moved here in 1911. Her father, a commercial traveller in metals, died when Agnes was just three years old. Miss Toward was a shorthand typist for a firm of shipping merchants and coal exporters called Prentice, Service & Henderson. She never married and worked on into her 70s –today she would be seen as an independent career woman. From her extensive archive, we see that she enjoyed taking holidays in Largs, baking, going to church and taking regular theatre trips to watch musicals. Her mother was a dressmaker who also used the house as her business premises. You can still see her sign in the stair, with its proud boast of ‘no fitting required’. Mrs Toward passed away in 1939, and her daughter remained living there until 1965 when her failing health required her to move to long-term hospital care. When Agnes died ten years later she left a set of chairs in her will to a church elder, Mr Sam Davidson. When he visited the house to collect them he brought with him his niece Anna, who was instantly struck by the need to preserve the house and its contents, and persuaded the owners to sell it to her. She lived there for seven years before selling it to the Trust in 1982.

You all got it right... it’s a RUG BEATER 🥳 you may recognise these rag rugs from inside the Tenement House. Yesterday w...
11/07/2019

You all got it right... it’s a RUG BEATER 🥳 you may recognise these rag rugs from inside the Tenement House. Yesterday we gave them a good ol’ beatin’ (the old fashioned way) tae get the dust oot! Some of our visitors even gave us a hand! Much fun (and dirt) involved 🏠
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10/07/2019

#guesswhatwednesday ✨ Do any of you know what this item is? Some of the young’ins think it’s a tennis racket... maybe you remember using one yourself! Stay tuned to see it in action 👀🏠🤗
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#tenementhouse #tenement #nts #nationaltrustforscotland #fortheloveofscotland #guesswhat #history #socialhistory #womenshistory #genderhistory #grlpwr #womenswork #glasgow

A beautiful poem typed up by Agnes to brighten your Monday! 🧚‍♀️✨..#nts #nationaltrustforscotland #fortheloveofscotland ...
08/07/2019

A beautiful poem typed up by Agnes to brighten your Monday! 🧚‍♀️✨
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We are looking for staff to help us deliver the most wonderful visitor experience at the Tenement House. Excellent custo...
24/06/2019

We are looking for staff to help us deliver the most wonderful visitor experience at the Tenement House.
Excellent customer service & teamwork skills are are essential to be part for this Visitor Services Assistant role.
Post is fixed term until February 2020 on a zero hours basis at £8.75 per hour.
If you would like to apply email [email protected] and ask for a job description and application pack.

We are delighted to announce that alongside Garnethill Mutlicultural Centre and a whole host of other wonderful organisa...
21/06/2019

We are delighted to announce that alongside Garnethill Mutlicultural Centre and a whole host of other wonderful organisations, will be celebrating cultural diversity as part of Refugee Week in Garnethill's Interfest tomorrow (22nd June)! Find delicious food from the Project Cafe in the Multicultural Centre from 12.30pm, followed by performances at 2pm by some of the people who regularly use the building. A celebration of culture, heritage, community and experience; we look forward to seeing you there! ✨✨

Happy Fathers Day from us here at the Tenement House! 💕 Miss Agnes Toward’s father, William, died in 1889, one month bef...
16/06/2019

Happy Fathers Day from us here at the Tenement House! 💕 Miss Agnes Toward’s father, William, died in 1889, one month before her third birthday. Her two sisters, Helen and Jane, died in infancy in the surrounding years. Mrs Toward, therefore, was mother, father, sister and friend to Agnes, and much more. Very much a team, you can see in this letter transcripted from 1896 that Agnes referred to her mum as “Mum plum” ❤️ Swipe to see a picture of William Toward’s shaving brush (you might have seen this in the bathroom if you have been to the house!) probably saved for sentimental reasons.
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So this one goes out to all of you who, like Agnes, had/have an alternative Father Figure in your life. Whoever they may be, send them our best ✨✨
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Ps. We LOVE little activist Agnes’s concluding note about keeping taxes down! 😂🥰
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🗞 ROLL UP ROLL UP 🗞 exciting news at the Tenement House!! .If you’ve visited us recently, you may have noticed this amaz...
15/06/2019

🗞 ROLL UP ROLL UP 🗞 exciting news at the Tenement House!! .
If you’ve visited us recently, you may have noticed this amazing Pass It On article in the Parlour Miss Toward saved from 1961. Published throughout the first half of the 20th century, @sunday.post would give a half guinea or a pair of towels as prize to for the weeks best tip, submitted by the general public (most often women), but the best prize was to have your advice published: this made you “a housewife of distinction” ‼️
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Last year, the Sunday Post published a book of 1250 household tips from this famous column for us to enjoy, and even reuse, today! We are delighted to announce that there will be more to see from @sunday.post and Pass It On at at The Tenement House later in the year... but we won’t give too much away just yet! Stay tuned in 😉 for more soon!!
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#fortheloveofscotland #nationaltrustforscotland #thesundaypost #newspaper #scottishnews #heritage #history #localhistory #passiton #advice #helpcolumn #lifehacks #womenswork #housewife #historichousewife #grlpwr #herstory @ Tenement House

The National Trust for Scotland
07/06/2019

The National Trust for Scotland

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week 2019, we’re highlighting the work of our volunteers. Rachel's a curatorial volunteer at the Tenement House and is currently working on a new exhibition, using the museum's collection. Find out more 👉https://bit.ly/2EPYYSq #VolunteersWeek #VolunteersWeekScot #FortheLoveofScotland

On this day in 1868 Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born. His work on the Willow Tea Rooms and Glasgow School of Art was c...
07/06/2019

On this day in 1868 Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born. His work on the Willow Tea Rooms and Glasgow School of Art was completed during Miss Towards life. She would have been 23 years old and working at her first job. Perhaps their paths crossed on Sauchiehall street... Happy Birthday Mr Mackintosh!

In related and exciting news The Hill House (considered one of the finest examples of Mackintosh’s domestic designs) is now open! Follow the link to book your visit > https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/the-hill-house-timed-admission

💜 This week is VOLUNTEERS WEEK 💜To celebrate the amazing people we are lucky and grateful to have volunteering with us a...
03/06/2019

💜 This week is VOLUNTEERS WEEK 💜

To celebrate the amazing people we are lucky and grateful to have volunteering with us at the Tenement House, we will be sharing some of them with you this week!
Firstly, meet Rachel! Rachel is our Curatorial Volunteer, currently developing our next exhibition (watch this space!) 💕 she has been volunteering with us for three years, beginning as room guide. Swing by and you might see her in our exhibition space working with our collection. Thank you for everything, Rachel! ✨✨✨
If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch at [email protected]
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#fortheloveofscotland #nationaltrustforscotland #nts #tenement #volunteersweek #volunteer #volunteering #opportunity #volunteerglasgow #glasgow #happy #fun #curation #curatorial #collection #exhibition @ Tenement House

Tenement House
30/05/2019

Tenement House

Letter written by Miss Toward in 1894 to her mum ❤️. We can help but smile at the phrase “... your name is not to be Mrs. No mercy it was just because I was crossed at the time.” 😅😅😅

Our wonderful collaborative exhibition with Glasgow City Hertitage Trust is coming to an end, we have loved having Lost ...
29/05/2019

Our wonderful collaborative exhibition with Glasgow City Hertitage Trust is coming to an end, we have loved having Lost Glasgow in our exhibition room and the feedback we have had from our visitors has been excellent.

Time for a change though as we install our next exciting exhibition as part of the West End Festival and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund - Women, War and The West End. The exhibition is also free and has two special one off events as part of the calendar.

Check our events page for more information!

As part of #museumweek we are sharing some special items from our collections and so we are sharing some of our  #secret...
16/05/2019

As part of #museumweek we are sharing some special items from our collections and so we are sharing some of our #secrets. 🤫
We feel very lucky to have such a fantastic collection of letters✉️ left behind by Miss Agnes, and we often come across little gems like the one you can see on the photos below, but if we are honest, we think that best kept secret is that we LOVE hearing all of our visitors stories about Glasgow’s past! On your next visit we encourage you to join the conversation, share your memories and feel at home ❤️

Dressed as a sailor, Miss Vesta Tilley, English music hall performer and male impersonator, poses for the camera 📸 the m...
16/05/2019

Dressed as a sailor, Miss Vesta Tilley, English music hall performer and male impersonator, poses for the camera 📸 the music hall scene is one of great importance in the history of the LGBTQ+ community, and while Agnes unlikely considered this when she saved this postcard, such an item is of great interest and use, and today might be considered part of a rainbow collection 🌈🌈🌈
Vesta Tilley visited Glasgow for the opening of the Empire Theatre( 31-35 Sauchiehall street) in 1897.
To find out more about Museums Week 2019 and what’s going on, head to museum-week.org ✨🙌 #fortheloveofscotland #nationaltrustforscotland

Here is an amazing board game from our collection to celebrate #PlayMW as part of #museumweek 👰🏼🤵🏾 A bit old fashioned (...
16/05/2019

Here is an amazing board game from our collection to celebrate #PlayMW as part of #museumweek 👰🏼🤵🏾 A bit old fashioned (1893)but who said love is not a game! Players gonna play? 🎲😄 The National Trust for Scotland

Look at this incredible celebratory 150th Anniversary publication from #theglasgowherald found in our collection today b...
10/05/2019

Look at this incredible celebratory 150th Anniversary publication from #theglasgowherald found in our collection today by our magnificent Curatorial Volunteer, Rachel. In perfect condition, Miss Toward saved this in 1933 🗞 and to think, eighty-six years later, we are hosting the @lostglasgow More Than Just Memories exhibition here at the Tenement House! Swipe through to see the document and a wee sneak peek at today’s exhibition, running until May 31st, courtesy of @glasgowheritage 😍

#fortheloveofscotland #nationaltrustforscotland #nts #herald #lostglasgow #tenementhouse #glasgow #glasgowhistory #localhistory #archive #curation #localhistory #peopleshistory @ Tenement House

Are you visiting The Tenement House from overseas? Our new ‘Discover Scotland’ ticket is now available on our ticket des...
07/05/2019

Are you visiting The Tenement House from overseas? Our new ‘Discover Scotland’ ticket is now available on our ticket desk so you can make the most of your visit and gain access all of the beautiful places we look after. Pictured are some places near by which we love! #fortheloveofscotland #discoverscotland Let us know and we will help you decide which is the better value option for your trip!

Meet Karen Platt: one of our lovely visitors who was shocked to look up and see her gran and grampa in one of our @lostg...
01/05/2019

Meet Karen Platt: one of our lovely visitors who was shocked to look up and see her gran and grampa in one of our @lostglasgow exhibition photographs! 😮😍 She told us that grampa, John Granger, had connections with the Scottish Amateur Boxing Association, and can be seen in this incredible picture walking behind heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston, who was sporting a kilt in front of Central Station in 1963. Next to John we see his wife, and Karen’s gran, Peggy Granger ✨

It was a delight to be part of this reunion through history and photography today, and we thank Karen for sharing her surprise and joy with us!

There’s now just one month left so make sure to pop down and visit the Lost Glasgow exhibition (in conjunction with Glasgow City Heritage Trust) at the Tenement House. Who knows; maybe you’ll spot your family amongst the images, too!

Singin’ in the rain ☔️ no rain for us in Glasgow this International Dance Day. Its a beautiful sunny day - and also happ...
29/04/2019

Singin’ in the rain ☔️
no rain for us in Glasgow this International Dance Day. Its a beautiful sunny day - and also happens to be the Wedding Anniversary of Miss Towards parents - Agnes (Reid) and William Toward. Our pictures here are
1. A magazine advert from the 1940’s which Miss Toward kept.
2. A 1915 guide to Ballroom dancing which Miss Toward owned. By 1920 Glasgow had 12 dance halls - more than anywhere else in Britain at the time .
3. A blank wedding invitation for the Reid Toward Wedding. The Bath Hotel is now used as offices.
#internationaldanceday #nationaltrustforscotland #victorianwedding #anniversary #sunshine

✨📣OPPORTUNITY ✨📣 Are you passionate about Glasgow’s past? Do you have a particular interest in social, gender or housing...
25/04/2019

✨📣OPPORTUNITY ✨📣
Are you passionate about Glasgow’s past? Do you have a particular interest in social, gender or housing history? Do you have some free time and are looking to give back to the community? WE WANT YOU! ✨

The Tenement House are now recruiting Volunteer Guides. If you want to get involved and would like more information, please email us at [email protected]

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

#nationaltrustforscotland #nts #fortheloceofscotland #tenementhouse #tenement #history #heritage #glasgowshistory #glasgow #womenshistory #genderhistory #housing #housinghistory #scottishhistory #localhistory #community #volunteering #volunteeringopportunity #volunteer #volunteerglasgow #fun #rewarding

Well we don’t know about you guys but that lovely bank holiday weather has got us looking forward to our summer holidays...
24/04/2019

Well we don’t know about you guys but that lovely bank holiday weather has got us looking forward to our summer holidays!

Miss Toward loved to go on holiday to Largs, Ayrshire, but we also found this fascinating air travel brochure in our collection of her things.

We are all so used to the cramped seats and strict luggage requirements of budget airlines, that these drawings look positively palatial in comparison!

Where are you going on holiday this year? Let us know in the comments - especially if your destination is Glasgow!

#nationaltrustforscotland #airtravel #aircrafthistory #aircrafts #summerholiday @ Tenement House

Our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is in full swing here at the Tenement House! 🐰🍫🥳 .£2 per hunt, house admission still applies...
20/04/2019

Our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is in full swing here at the Tenement House! 🐰🍫🥳
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£2 per hunt, house admission still applies, members go free! 🤩
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#fortheloveofscotland #nationaltrustforscotland #nts #cadbury #cadburyseasteregghunt #easter #yum

As the previous residence of a dressmaker we feel entitled to say that this exhibition fits us like a glove! 😍 On until ...
15/04/2019

As the previous residence of a dressmaker we feel entitled to say that this exhibition fits us like a glove! 😍
On until the end of May, we are so excited to be hosting this beauty of an exhibition by Lost Glasgow and with the kind support of Glasgow City Heritage Trust .

If you are at a loose end tomorrow, you could do worse than take a wander up to the Tenement House, in Garnethill, to see the fourth and final outing of the Lost Glasgow: More Than Just Memories exhibition. Even better, entry if free (although you'll still have to pay to go around the house).

Two years ago, when the Glasgow City Heritage Trust asked me to put the exhibition together, I was worried that no-one would be interested. Well, almost 9,000 visitors later, I was wrong.

Today, my LG sidekick Toshie went along to take these pics.

After this outing, the images will be packed up in cases, to be lent out to local schools and pensioner groups.

At some point, I'll be taking a wander up myself to say a final farewell to what now feel like old friends.

See: www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/the-tenement-house

Find out more on our site: https://www.lostglasgow.scot/posts/tenement-tales-in-garnethill-267/

Oh hello weekend! 👋😊
06/04/2019

Oh hello weekend! 👋😊

Something for the Weekend: Go see the Lost Glasgow exhibition of photographs and memories from across the city at the Garnethill Tenement House

Pics: toshiepix

04/04/2019

Drum roll please..... it’s time to reveal the prizes for this years Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at The Tenement House!

To get yours come along to our Easter Weekend activities, with something for all the family. 19th-21st of April, 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm.

Participation in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is just £2 and normal entry prices apply. Get in touch for more information.

Geilston Garden have prepared an exciting walk where you can learn all about foraging👇
02/04/2019
Geilston Garden

Geilston Garden have prepared an exciting walk where you can learn all about foraging👇

Enjoy a guided foraging walk with wild food expert Monica Wilde on Saturday 27 April, covering identification, harvesting, preserving, cooking, medicinal use and folklore! 🌿🍄🍇🌱👩🏻‍🌾

Learn to identify some staple wild foods, discover their health benefits and unusual tastes. Finish up with a cook-in using foraged ingredients 😃🙌

Thank you all for your concern regarding our VSA Martha eating 90 year old jam... we hope you all enjoyed our little Apr...
02/04/2019

Thank you all for your concern regarding our VSA Martha eating 90 year old jam... we hope you all enjoyed our little April Fools!

Todays post is no joke as we are excited to anounce our 'Lost Glasgow' Exhibtion in partnership with Glasgow City Heritage Trust is now open.

The exhibition is free to visit and features beautiful and evocative photographs of Glasgow in years gone by. It runs until the 31st of May 2019.

Opening hours are the same as The Tenement House, 10am to 5pm 7 days a week, with last entry at 4.30pm.
The exhibition is free to access as well as entry to our gift shop, normal admission prices apply for visiting the Tenement House.

01/04/2019

For today only we will be sampling Miss Towards 1929 plum jam to all visitors!
The first installment in our new series ‘A spotlight on’. 😋
#tasty #fortheloveofscotland #agnesjam #plumforgot #glasgowfoodies Glasgow Live The National Trust for Scotland #glasgowfoodies

30/03/2019

Something’s a-going on at the Tenement House 😯

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29/03/2019
The National Trust for Scotland

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As Miss Agnes Toward entered adult life, photographic technology was constantly improving. Her #collection of photographs clearly demonstrates this and the changing world they captured. 😮🕰🔙

Find out more ⬇

Pictured here from left to right; Miss Towards grandmother, Mrs Reid, her mother Mrs Agnes Toward and her father Mr Will...
27/03/2019

Pictured here from left to right; Miss Towards grandmother, Mrs Reid, her mother Mrs Agnes Toward and her father Mr William Toward.

Also an extract of a letter Miss Agnes wrote to her mother when she was 11 years old.

We expect you’ve all got similar letter planned for Mothers Day this weekend, and we’d love to welcome you all to celebrate at The Tenement House where mother and daughter were so close and cared for each other so well.

#nationaltrustforscotland #tenementhouse #fortheloveofscotland #mothersday

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145 Buccleuch Street
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G3 6QN

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During November we are open for visitors on Friday evenings from 5PM until 9PM with our last admission at 8PM and Saturdays and Sundays we are open from 10AM until 2PM, the last admission is 1PM. Please email us at [email protected] to book in advance. Opening Times: November* Fridays 5pm- 9pm Saturdays & Sundays 10am -2pm *Please email [email protected] to book in advance March - October 2019 Daily 10am - 5 pm Last admission is at 4:30pm Groups and schools can be booked outwith these hours, please contact the property for more information at [email protected] or 0141 333 0183

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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