Bridge Clock Tower

Not many give a thought to the handsome clock tower at the south end of the Stevenson Bridge, marooned on a traffic island since the opening of the Inner Relief Road in 1971. This photograph, gifted to the Smith by John Calderbank of Stockport, shows it in 1914. The tower,

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Strathendrick Tablecloth

This year, the Scottish Women’s Institute centenary is being celebrated all over the country. The Stirling Smith is exhibiting the work of the Stirling, Clackmannan and /West Perthshire Federation of the SWI, and the 175 works on show have been the subject of much comment and admiration. In the exhibition,

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Stirling Futureworld

With so much anticipation of what the new Stirling City Deal will bring, a look at past developments, like Stirling Futureworld, launched in July 1984, is timely. The Futureworld plans were big and breath-taking, and launched with a style and on a scale which rarely had been seen in Scotland

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The Isle of Iona – a special place even with the weather!

With the holiday season now in full swing I thought that this image would be most appropriate. Scotland is a beautiful country full of historic sites and castles, breath taking scenery and very friendly natives (most of the time!) I am ashamed to admit that I have travelled more extensively,

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Polmaise: Stirling’s Star Ship

  30 years after the closure of Polmaise No 3 and 4 Pits, it is important to remember the significance of the achievement of the coal industry and the men who made it. Recent additions to the Stirling Smith collections include a Stirling District Council publication, Polmaise, The Facts, arguing

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30th Anniversary of the Polmaise Colliery Closure

 This month sees the 30th anniversary of the closure of Polmaise Colliery 3 & 4, the pit which was first out in the Miners’ Strike of 1984, and last to return when the strike broke in 1985. British Coal announced the closure of Polmaise Colliery on 15 July 1987. Two

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From Ceylon to Cambusbarron

Today’s story about the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute in Cambusbarron, heralds a special summer exhibition at the Stirling Smith, beginning 15 July. ‘Crafty Goings On!’ celebrates 100 years of the SWRI, now the Scottish Women’s Institute, and features intricate craft work from members of the Stirling, Clackmannan and West Perthshire

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Stirling Golf Club Medal

A previous blog featured John Duncan (1861-1939) who was the professional at Kings Park Golf Club from July 1901 to his retirement in 1935 This image is of a medal presented by Stirling Golf Club in the early 20th Century Being won by:- J S McGregor 1904 J R Archibald

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Bannockburn House

This is one of a collection of watercolours by the artist and antiquary Jane Ann Wright (1842 – 1922) in the Stirling Smith collections. She and her sister Isabella Murray Wright lived in Livilands and then Melville Terrace. They were part of an extended old Stirling family, who were historically

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Polmaise Castle, Jane Ann Wright (1842 – 1922)

Few now remember Polmaise Castle, but as the annual march of the Gillies which takes place this Sunday 25 June at 2pm  passes near to the site, its history is worth revisiting. The Save Gillies Hill campaign was set up to protect the historic hill from quarrying. Last century, Murrayshall

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