The weather on this day was rather grey and dull, with some occasional drizzle - as the Scottish weather forecast had promised. So, we did not feel very much like sightseeing, but our group leader had a packed programme for us:
- first stop: Glasgow Cathedral
- second stop: Scotland Street School Museum
- third stop: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- fourth stop: Glasgow City Chambers
There isn't anything really interesting to say about Glasgow Cathedral. The best was our guide in traditional Scottish tartan kilt, he was very well informed:
The Street School Museum
was much more interesting. It was planned and built by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Sottish Jugendstil architect. Some features of the building reminded me of Henry van de Velde, who lived and worked in Thuringia for some time.
The school was closed in the 1970ies and luckily survived as a museum, so pupils and teachers can see what it was like going to school about 100 years ago.
|European teachers posing in British school uniforms|
cooking lessons, for girls only
|housekeeping class room|
|Writing exercise during World War II|
|We were a bit too tall for the small benches :)|
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
OH, NO - not another museum - we thought. We would rather have preferred walking through the city, going shopping, for example. But just for curiosity we "popped" in to have a short look. So, believe it or not, the museum turned out to be really impressive. Maybe it did not display the most famous artists, but a lot of the paintings I liked very much, and the building itself was amazing!
Besides that, it had just started to rain outside - so walking in the city would not be too funny anyway...
The last "culture stop" of the day was at the
Glasgow City ChambersTime to sneak away and finally go shopping in the city - we only wanted to take a short look into the entrance hall ...
But what did we find inside the building?! We really did not expect such luxury, rich decor with gold and marble - it was just incredible - of course we stayed for the guided tour! We said, we can go shopping everywhere, the shops and chain stores are the same anywhere in the world, but there is only one Glasgow City Chambers!
But Glasgow went through harsh times. After Word War I and the Great Depression it had lost a lot of its former wealth.
Nowadays Glaswegians work hard to restore some the former splendor. In the City Chambers is has always been there.
|Me - posing in the Lord Mayor's Seat in the Council Chamber|
|A huge banqueting hall can host lots of people and it can be booked by the public|
|Gallery with paintings of all Gaswegian Mayors|
At the end of the day we even had some time for shopping, I decided for the cheap option, window shopping!
Well, this is the post about my Sottish experience.
Summarisingly, I can say, first of all I met a lot of wonderful & inspiring new people.
Then I learned a lot of new methods I can well use in the class room.
Last but not least, Scotland is such an amazing country - I am definitely going to come back one day.