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Macintosh tour with a guide?

My husband and I had tickets for the tour given by the School of Art, but after the fire, they were cancelled. Does anyone know of a guide that would do a private tour of all the CRM sites in Glasgow?

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow has an exhibit on Mackintosh until the 14th of August.

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You don't need a guide . Many of the Mackintosh sites are walkable in Glasgow , and several others are easily reached by public transportation i.e. House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park , The Kelvingrove Museum , The Scotland Street School and The Hunterian , to name a few . The Hill house is about a forty minute train ride to Helensburgh , west of town on The Firth of Clyde , Before you go , watch this forty five minute video about Mackintosh and his brilliant wife and partner , Margaret MacDonald . This was produced in the mid - nineties on the occasion of the Mackintosh retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC . - https://youtu.be/LNrV6vbu4os

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Steven - thanks for that link. Going to watch this weekend before my late-August trip to Glasgow!!

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Kim , Hopefully the link will work for you , although I find that youtube can be somewhat mercurial . If you can't get it , you will likely be able to find it in Glasgow or a copy can be had at Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charles-Rennie-Mackintosh-Modern-Man/dp/B0009JJXSC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1533309861&sr=8-3&keywords=charles+rennie+mackintosh+a+modern+man This is well worth the time . A visit to Hill House is also a must , the train goes to Helensburgh from Glasgow Queen Street station . here is the route - https://www.buytickets.scotrail.co.uk/buytickets/combinedmatrix.aspx?Command=TimeTable and here is the location - https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Hill+House/@56.0143855,-4.7287103,15.5z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x4889078b65700273:0xeb7e2e9cc803b81c!2sHelensburgh,+UK!3b1!8m2!3d56.002318!4d-4.734014!3m4!1s0x4889aea90f2d1da5:0xa9257dcdc8d7007d!8m2!3d56.0170326!4d-4.7281337 The train to Helensburgh ( Upper ) leaves you a very short walk to the house

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Whatever you do, don't miss the House For An Art Lover. It's amazing; to me, it was much more impressive than the replica of his actual house at the Hunterian.

The House For An Art Lover comes with audioguide, and you see the house at the Hunterian with live guide, so I agree you don't need a "private tour."

Here's a website listing the various Mackintosh sights: https://www.crmsociety.com/tours-events/mackintosh-attractions/

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Fantastic, thanks Harold and Steven.

Lots to check out and plan!!

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I was lucky enough to get to see a fantastic exhibit at RIBA in London a couple of years ago with so many of his gorgeous sketches (also some old video from Glasgow of that area). I'm getting more and more excited as I look at the resources that you've kindly shared, Steven and Harold!

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Unfortunately Hill House closed at the end of July and won't reopen until beginning of March 2019 as they envelop the entire house in a "big box" to try and save it from the destructive properties of Glaswegian rain! Too bad I'll miss it this trip - and check it out to see how it will appear once they've constructed the box all the way around the house.

https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/the-box-your-questions-answered

Luckily I live close enough that I can plan another visit after they're open again. Anyway I've certainly found I have far too much to fit into this visit!!

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Kim , Thank you for this ! Great news and a wonderful uplift in spite of the devastating events that have beset the school of art . The box will also provide a great new perspective for visitors interested in preservation technology as well as seeing details of the building's fabric which are otherwise invisible to a visitor interested in those details .I am looking forward to seeing this when we return to Scotland in Autumn 2019 .