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Glasgow Housing

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 2,000 items related to housing in Glasgow which date from between 1700 and 2001.

This collection comprises paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, doll's houses, kitchen ranges, stoves and fireplaces. It also contains grates, sinks, toilets, baths, rent books, housing tickets, and wall and floor tiles. The collection also holds panelling, doors, stained glass, pipe clay blocks and light fittings. Most of these items relate to the traditional Glasgow tenement building. Topographical works show changes in Glasgow housing and the types of dwellings occupied by different classes. These range from the interior setting of the Shawfield Mansion in the Glassford family portrait about 1767 to the 1930s tenement 'single end' interior paintings by Thomas McGoran. The collection also holds volumes of photographs by Thomas Annan which show the city's slums. These were commissioned by the City Improvement Trust in 1866 and published between 1868 and 1877. A number of items sourced from tenements due for demolition or refurbishment reflect the range of housing provision, from the housing tickets illustrating the civic response to overcrowding to the stained glass windows from prosperous middle class Glasgow villas. Room settings are equally broad, ranging from the Belmont House dining room, designed for the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition Royal Reception Rooms by the Glasgow firm Wylie and Lochhead, to a cubicle from the 1878 model lodging house for the homeless, built and run by Glasgow Corporation.