Walking down Buccleuch Street in the Garnethill area of Glasgow you will see ordinary middle-class tenement houses from the late 19th century, the same tenements that you see all over Glasgow and the surrounding areas and indeed popular all over Scotland.
A ‘tenement’ is a building shared by multiple dwellings, usually flats or apartments on each floor with a shared entrance and stairway, typically called a ‘close’.
Number 145 Buccleuch Street is however different. It is an authentic time capsule of life in the early 20th century. The ‘Tenement House’ is a historic museum which is now owned and run by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and which has been preserved in its current condition from the early 20th century when the flat was owned by Agnes Toward between 1911 and 1965.
As you step inside shorthand typist Agnes Toward’s home you will be transported back, as it is frozen in time, with her furniture and personal possessions still displayed, you can admire the spacious 2 bedroom, bathroom and kitchen with coal-fire range. The items on display here, really are like a time capsule with everything from letters and photographs to soap and the fixtures and fittings.
This is a museum like no other, it is such a great insight to life in Glasgow in the early 20th century.
The National Trust for Scotland has hundreds of amazing properties to visit, from gardens and estates to stately homes and castles.
Entry to The Tenement House is £7.50 adult or you can become a member for as little as £4.50 per month. (A joint membership is £108 per year)