Inside a ten-bedroom, five-bathhouse, one-storey house in Glasgow’s central city, a story is unfolding that could one day change how we live in our homes.
The story begins in 1912 when a group of Glasgow’s poorest and most desperate families decided to create a home for themselves.
The home was an original four-storeys house, and in the years to come, it became a major landmark in the city.
In 1919, the home was purchased by the city’s first Tenement Museum.
Now the museum holds the world’s largest collection of historic and contemporary photographs and videos from Glasgow’s Tenement in an open-air space.
And now, a new exhibition, Inside a Tenement, is looking at the tenement as a symbol of Glasgow and a place to explore its unique past.
The tenement’s story of struggle and resilience is told in a series of photographs from the museum.
The photographs depict people in their everyday lives, from the poorest to the most wealthy and powerful.
From the beginning, Glasgow was a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege, with the Glasgow Free Press boasting in 1919 that the city was the “largest and richest of any city in Scotland”.
But as the city grew and became more prosperous, a crisis of social and economic inequality began to arise, with some sections of society unable to cope.
By the 1920s, the city had a significant amount of poverty, homelessness and social exclusion, and as a result, Glasgow’s people began to feel the brunt of that economic and social crisis.
So the city set up the Glasgow Tenement Trust to create and manage a new housing estate, the “tenement”.
Tenement residents would then be given the opportunity to buy a property in Glasgow for around £1,200, and would then receive a fixed annual rent.
The new homes were initially intended for the poorest people in Glasgow, but were later given to more affluent families.
Today, the tenements are the heart of the city, with a wealth of history and history in the making.
In order to keep the tenancies intact, the Tenement has undergone many changes, with more than 40,000 buildings across Glasgow.
A large section of the site is in use, with many of the buildings on the site now being converted into hotels, offices, shops and a restaurant.
The museum also contains an exhibition of the Glasgow City Council’s history and plans for a new city centre.
You can watch the Inside a 10ement on BBC One at 19:00 GMT on Friday, April 18.
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