Dunblane in 1887

 This watercolour by artist John Bell shows a rural Dunblane of 1887. It is a recent purchase for the Stirling Smith collections courtesy of Dr Robin Campbell and the Stirling Common Good Fund. Not much is known about the artist. There are some works by him in York Museum collections

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Ming Dynasty Cup, Chinese New Year, Stirling

Ming Cup The Year of the Rooster 2017 is now well underway. It was brought to Stirling by a huge Chinese dragon, dancing to the delight of the crowds at the Albert Hall, followed by a night of spectacular performances of Chinese song, music, dance, gymnastics and magic. This was

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Municipal buildings, Stirling

Places change their geographical focus through time. For most of the twentieth century, Corn Exchange was the commercial, literary, ceremonial and municipal centre of Stirling. Shown here is a royal visit at the Municipal Buildings in 1929. The Municipal Buildings were opened less than 100 years ago in 1918, joining

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Image credit, Doug Simpson

Celebrating Robert Burns in Stirling

Stirling has always celebrated the work of Robert Burns, from the time of his visit in 1787 when he stayed at Wingate’s Inn (now the Golden Lion Hotel).  For many years, 27 August, the day Burns dined with Dr David Doig of Stirling Grammar School and Lieutenant Forrester of the

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Stirling Artists

This column often features paintings which are part of the art history of Stirling and Scotland.  The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum was founded by a practising artist, Thomas Stuart Smith, with his own paintings and works of his contemporaries as the foundation collection.  The Smith, therefore has a

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Beautiful Stirling

Featured today is a watercolour by the eminent Glasgow artist, Alexander Kellock Brown RSA RSW RI  (1849 – 1922), purchased recently for the Stirling Smith collections. The artist’s viewpoint is from the Cornton area, looking across the Forth to what was Winshel Place at Laurencecroft (now Drip Road) in the

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St Margaret’s Day

Today is St Margaret’s day. She is one of the national saints of Scotland who came here 950 years ago, a refugee from the Norman invaders of England in 1066. She was an English princess of the House of Wessex, sister of Edgar Ætheling, the short-ruling and uncrowned Anglo-Saxon English

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Loss

At this time of year, for the last century, we have remembered the great loss of life caused by the First World War. The bannerette shown here is part of an exhibition created by the textile artist Clare Hunter, now on in the Stirling Smith until 20 November. The exhibition

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Blast Shelter, Bandeath

For a six week period, the prestigious Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour has an exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. The RSW, established in 1876, is exhibiting in Stirling for the first time with a selection of fifty new works of art by some of the

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The Heart of Scotland

‘Stirling, Scotland’s Heart’ was an advertising campaign of 2012, but the idea has been current for much longer.  In 1799, Gartincaber Tower was built by William Murdoch of Gartincaber House on a hill to the east of Doune to mark the centre of Scotland. There are different ways of calculating

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