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Doors Open Days: Iconic Doors Installation

Thursday 12th August 2021 - Thursday 30th September 2021

Celebrating Doors Open Days 2021

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates Scotland’s places, history and culture, new and old. Each September, the festival offers access to over a thousand sites and events across Scotland. Doors Open Days is delivered by the Scottish Civic Trust, supported by Historic Environment Scotland, and is part of European Heritage Days.

Iconic Doors Installation 

This installation is a selection of three iconic doors from across Scotland,  decorated in part with famous Scottish patterns. We welcome all visitors to the Museum to share their experiences of Doors Open Days past on the doors, and your hopes for Doors Open Days future. You can do this by leaving your message on the door of your choice.

The Scottish Maritime Museum will be celebrating Ayrshire Door Open Day Weekend on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September with public tours of our Boatbuilding School Workshop and free entry to the Puffers exhibition in the hull of  MV Spartan, he only surviving Scottish-built ‘puffer’!



Some of Iconic Doors Featured in the Installation

The Main door of the Edinburgh Central Mosque.  The Mosque is situated at the very heart of Edinburgh.  It is Edinburgh’s main mosque and cultural centre for the resident Muslim community with the capacity to accommodate 1250 people.  The Mosque is a relatively new building, built by architect Basil Al Bayati, and was officially opened on 31st July 1998.  The architectural style is a mix of Islamic influences with Scots Baronial.

Glasgow School of Art These are the main entry doors of The Mackintosh Building, or ‘The Mack’.  Designed and built by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it is one of his most iconic Scottish buildings.  It was built between 1897 and 1909, confirming the Mackintosh Modern style.  Mackintosh designed the details of his buildings including fittings, decoration, furnishings, and doors. The building was devastated by major fires in May 2014 and again in June 2018, and the building is no longer a working part of the Glasgow School of Art.

India of Inchinnan This is the Art Deco main doorway of the former office block of India Tyres of Inchinnan.  India of Inchinnan is a Category A listed building in the art deco style.  The building was commissioned by India Tyres in 1930, and built by Thomas Wallis of Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. The building is in Renfrewshire, on what was the main route between Edinburgh and Greenock, and is now a commercial site. The building was vacant and lay derelict in the early ‘80’s; renovations were completed in 2003 that saved the main office block including this iconic doorway.




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