A visit to Dumfries House, Belling Hospitality Training Centre

The Willow Tea Rooms Trust team were kindly invited to attend the Belling Hospitality Training Centre at Dumfries House last week to participate in the graduation celebrations of their inspirational students.  It was an honour to be part of this special evening and for our Chair, Celia Sinclair, to present the end of course Certificates and speak about our exciting project at 217 Sauchiehall Street.   We thank our friends at Dumfries House for making us feel so welcome.


A Visit to Dumfries House - January 2017


Our sincere thanks to all the team at Dumfries House for the 'grand tour' and outstanding hospitality.    


It was with great delight to visit Dumfries House recently to learn not only about the history surrounding this incredible property, but to hear about their amazing project, work with the Prince's Trust, and how their project assists the community.   The Willow Tea Rooms Trust finished the day on a high, armed with information and inspiration for our project at 215-217 Sauchiehall Street.


Douglas Annan - 19th October 2016

We were delighted to welcome Douglas Annan of Annan Photographs to the Project Office to meet Celia Sinclair, Chair of The Willow Tea Rooms Trust.  Douglas has several Mackintosh photographs in his collection and has kindly given consent to use  these images for promotional purposes. Follow the above link to see the complete collection of Old Glasgow images by Annan Photographs. We look forward to working with Douglas throughout the Project and beyond.

The Willow Tea Rooms Trust Wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support

We are thrilled to announce that The Willow Tea Rooms Trust has gained initial support* for a £3.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure the future of Scottish Architect and Artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s only remaining Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street Glasgow.

The Willow Tea Rooms Trust, which was set up to acquire and restore the building, has already secured £250,000 of grant funding from Glasgow City Council in September, £200,000 from Glasgow City Heritage Trust, £175,000 from Dunard Fund and £10,000 from The Architectural Heritage Fund.

This has allowed the Trust to commence a first phase of work to restore the exteriors to what they were in 1903 and to weatherproof the building. To fully restore the Tea Rooms and develop an Exhibition and Education Centre in the adjacent building involves a total project cost of £6.8 million.

“We are extremely pleased that The Heritage Lottery Fund agrees that saving The Willow Tea Rooms is important, and is willing to help us achieve our aim of creating a proper legacy for the generations to come,” explained Celia Sinclair, Founder and Chair of The Willow Tea Rooms Trust.

“The Willow Tea Rooms is an iconic building and we need to act to safeguard what remains of Mackintosh’s work. Above all, we intend that this project will be sustainable and have a legacy. The Trust will ensure that after the renovation work the building will be financially secure and that due care and attention will be given to the building forever.”

Commenting, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Head of Scotland Lucy Casot said: “What better way to celebrate the Year of Architecture than devising a plan to save the famous Tea Rooms by one of Scotland’s greatest and most influential designers who is admired around the world. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are delighted to give our initial support to a project which will rejuvenate and restore the Willow Tea Rooms so that their unique ambiance and design can be enjoyed as it was first intended.”

Planning permission for the renovation and development of the Tea Rooms along with the Mackintosh Exhibition and Education Centre in the adjacent building has been granted by Glasgow City Council.

“We will create something special in Sauchiehall Street. A centre piece of the celebrations in June 2018 marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth. The challenge will be to raise the rest of the capital required,” concluded Celia Sinclair.

* A development grant of £250,000 has been awarded by HLF to enable the Trust to develop the plans and apply for a full grant of £3.7 million at a later date.

Wee Skribbles Art Exhibition

Friday 7th October -It was a very busy night in the Willow Tea Rooms Trust Project Office! Over 200 guests turned out at this invite only event by local artist Wee Skribbles. It felt more like a party - great art, live music, plenty of refreshments and a cheery crowd. On sale were large canvasses, prints and postcards. Wee Skribbles has kindly pledged 25% of the night's proceeds to The Willow Tea Rooms Trust. Looking forward to the next one!

Doors Open Week - A BIG THANK YOU to our Visitors and Volunteers

It was a very positive exercise with Visitors from over 20 Countries totalling 557.  Thanks to everyone who dropped in to hear about The Willow Tea Rooms Trust Project and the very kind donations. Warm thanks to the team at Doig & Smith - Gordon, Ian, Yvonne, Lauren, Jay, Robert, Aamir, Emily, Ross and Daniel for their time. And our other Volunteers Elisabeth, Elaine Liz and Anne.  You all did a great job!

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival - 12-18 September 2016

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is back for its 27th year, celebrating Glasgow's unique architecture and built heritage.

Join us at 215-217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow from 10am-4pm, 12-18 September 2016  to learn about our amazing project and see our progress to date.   Our aim is to complete the project by June 2018 to celebrate the '150th Centenary Celebration of Mackintosh'.

For further details please visit Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival.

We look forward to welcoming you.