The Tenement House, Glasgow; A Social History Lover’s Paradise


In June I re-visited one of my favourite museums in Scotland; The Tenement House in the West End of Glasgow. The museum was the home of Miss. Agnes Toward (and her mother) from 1911 until 1965 when she entered long-time hospital care before dying in 1972. The Tenement House was sold to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) in the early 1980s and is a microcosm of one woman’s lifetime experiences from the early to mid-twentieth century.

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Wednesday Women – The Original Danish Girl; Gerda Wegener.


Gerda and Eina Wegener with Gerda’s painting Sur la route d’Anacapri, 1924, Royal Library, Denmark.

Gerda Wegener. Never heard of her? Nope, never have I until I listened to this podcast by fashion history podcasters Dressed on the illustrious career of illustrator Gerda Wegener (pronounced with a ‘V’) in the early twentieth-century. Gerda drew illustrations using the ‘pochor’ technique of painting for Le Journal Des Dames et Des Modes as well as working as a successful painter and commercial artist for various companies in France and Denmark. However, her name may be familiar to you as she is played by Alicia Vikander in the 2015 film The Danish Girl which centres on the story of Einar Wegener / Lili Elbe who was the  one of first persons to undergo gender re-assignments in the early 1930s in Dresden, Germany.

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A 1930’s Domestic Dream; The Black Country Living Museum.

In August of last year I finally got to visit the Black Country Living Museum near Birmingham. I say finally as this museum had been on my social-history-addict-museum-lover radar for quite some time and availed of a visit to a good friend to spend a day at the museum.

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(c) Rachel Sayers 2013-2019.

Art Attack : Why I love Art & Museums!

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid and teenager growing was ‘Art Attack’ hosted by Neil Buchanan. For those of a certain age Art Attack was the art show to go to for inspiration in the 1990s and early 2000’s. It’s sufficient enough to say that Art Attack (and being brought to museums at an early age) is the reason I studied art at University and work for museums. This blog post talks about my love of art and museums and how they are essentially one of my ‘happy places.’

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The Saturday Supplement

Happy Saturday evening everyone! How has your week been? Mine has been filled with food, wine, beer and my first set of (many) flights of the year! I spent two days on the North Coast of Ireland and visited the wonderful Giant’s Causeway (pictured above is the walk down to the Causeway) which also consisted of eating my own body weight in ice cream after visiting the Giant’s Causeway. Heaven!

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(c) Rachel Sayers 2013-2017.