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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Gartincaber Tower -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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A Stirling Cup of Tea  

This delightful cup, saucer and plate set is a recent gift to the Stirling Smith collections by Mr William Fraser. The cup features the Old Bridge of Stirling, the saucer has a print of Stirling Castle and the plate has a composite view of Cambuskenneth. The views on these English

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Sir Henry George "Harry" Rushbury (1889 –1968)

Stirling Castle from Raploch by Rushbury, 1946

This fine Stirling view is a recent addition to the Stirling Smith collections, secured thanks to funding from Stirling Common Good Fund and through the voluntary services of friend of the Smith Dr Robin Campbell.  Sir Henry George “Harry” Rushbury (1889 –1968) was an eminent and accomplished painter and etcher

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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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