Open the door to The Tenement House to catch a rare glimpse of early 20th-century Glasgow life in this frozen-in-time, four room house.
This is a museum like you’ve never seen before! The Tenement House is the original 19th-century tenement flat, lived in by Miss Agnes Toward and her mother, which never changed for over half a century. Shorthand typist Miss Agnes Toward lived here from 1911 until 1965, and still to this day the house holds her furniture and possessions, with a personal exhibition on the ground floor. One visitor wrote: “When you step into the hallway, the smell of gas lamps and the subdued light takes you back in time. You can almost feel the presence of Miss Toward, the long term tenant.”
The permanent exhibition gives a sense of daily life in early 20th-century Glasgow, telling the stories of the Leeries, who would come round each night to light the gas mantel on the tenement stair, and the milk cart which would wake the house with its daily deliveries.
Even though the flat has only four rooms, clues to how people lived are dotted all around, from the coal bunker to the jars of homemade plum jam, dated 1929, on the larder shelves.
This is a National Trust for Scotland property so there is an entrance fee. Visit Tenement House website for more information on seasonal opening times.