The Wallace Monument

Currently, the Scottish Society of Architect Artists members are showing their works at the Stirling Smith. The SSAA, founded in 1987, currently has around 90 members drawn from the architectural profession, and those who have worked in architecture in Scotland. The Society also maintains strong links with other European societies of

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Cliff Bank

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.  Featured from the Stirling Smith collections today is the lovely double villa of Cliff Bank, 32 – 34 Albert Place. It was built in 1878 by architect John Allan (1846 – 1922) as his own residence. Its demure exterior hides many

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Surviving the Cold War – Protect and Survive

As part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award,  I am volunteering the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. I am sorting through some old boxes and found a box full of old Cold War documents and books. Inside are items, such as little booklets.  ‘Protect and Survive’ is a booklet

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Service by artist David Rowlands

On the Centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.  The Stirling Smith becomes the latest venue to host the artwork ‘Service’.  Gifted by artist David Roland to commemorate the contribution made by Scots during periods of military action and to celebrate the strong links between the Scottish Government and the

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Stirling Bowling Club

Established in 1858, Stirling Bowling Club is one of Stirling’s oldest sporting organisations. The Green was the first site to be developed on the north side of Dumbarton Road.  Stirling architect William Simpson (1809 – 1890) designed the Club House, which was built in attractive coloured brick and opened in

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Mr and Mrs Jaffray

Agnes Wilson and her husband John Jaffray (died 1836) were well–known Stirling people. John was a weaver and spirit dealer who married Agnes in 1808. He was the son of the famous William “Citizen” Jaffray (1749 – 1828), supporter of the French Revolution who made it his mission to vaccinate

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The Eyes of the Wanderer” Photography Exhibition, May 2016

A new exhibition opens today in the Smith Cafe.  The work of Smith volunteer Alan Gardiner with fellow Forth Valley College students Patrice Hunter and Andrew Sherriff The exhibition will run between 12th May and the 31st July, with each photographer displaying seven of their best images that they have

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Image show portrait of Queen Caroline of Ansbach (1683 -1737)

Queen Caroline of Ansbach (1683 -1737)

Queen Caroline is one of the larger portraits in the Smith collections. With paintings of her husband, King George 11 and his father, King George 1, she has been in Stirling since 1720, when she was commissioned for the Tolbooth. She is represented with the regalia and symbols of the

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Wallace Monument

This is the Year of Architecture, when the National Wallace Monument will be celebrating the 155th anniversary of the laying foundation stone, 24 June 1861.  It was one of the biggest public events in 19th century Scotland, and was followed by one of the longest building programmes.  The Monument was

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The Lovers’ Last Lunch, Ian Thompson, 1997

The current exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is Twentieth Century Art from the Smith’s Collection. This is one of about 60 works in the show, which runs until 14 August. Many different movements and styles are covered, and every decade of the century is represented. The

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