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Conserving Mackintosh's Oak Room

This short film reveals how a major lost work by Scotland’s most famous designer was brought back to life more than 100 years later.

Go behind the scenes with exceptional craftspeople, conservationists and curators as they painstakingly restore and reassemble one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most important interiors.

Stored in hundreds of pieces for almost 50 years after being salvaged by Glasgow Museums in 1971, the Oak Room was designed by Mackintosh in 1907 for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street tearooms.

Today, the fully restored Oak Room is on permanent display at the heart of V&A Dundee’s Scottish Design Galleries, allowing visitors to become fully immersed in the design world of Mackintosh.

The conservation and restoration of the Oak Room is a collaboration between Glasgow Museums, V&A Dundee and Dundee City Council. The project is made possible by a long-term loan from the collections of Glasgow City Council and grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund, Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, Dunard Fund and the Allan Family.