The State of Education (2020) – Jenny Brownrigg

The photograph shows St James’ school, with buddleia sprouting profusely over the front elevation.
St James’, 1895, Green Street, The Calton, Glasgow (2020), Photo Credit: Jenny Brownrigg
The photograph shows St James’ school, with buddleia sprouting profusely over the front elevation.
St James’, 1895, Green Street, The Calton, Glasgow (2020), Photo Credit: Jenny Brownrigg

The State of Education is a walk series made July-Sept 2020, during Phase 3 of Scotland’s Route Map, to the 31 remaining School Board of Glasgow buildings. I photographed each building, during a time when the pandemic had swiftly altered educational delivery.  

On my return to Glasgow’s east end after the first lockdown, my walks were initially prompted by seeing how nature had taken over areas of buildings and streets. Green Street in The Calton is book-ended by two vacant School Board of Glasgow buildings – Tureen Street and St James’. Buddleia was reclaiming both. These became the first I visited.  

The School Board of Glasgow built 75 schools from 1874 to 1916, due to The 1872 Education (Scotland) Act, which made schooling free and compulsory for 5-13 year olds.  Present day, the schools have had different fates, including being demolished, vacant or change of use. Only eight remain as schools. 

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Jenny Brownrigg is Exhibitions Director and a researcher at The Glasgow School of Art.