Robert the Bruce, Christian Cardell Corbett, The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

The New Face of Robert the Bruce

Yesterday was a monumental day for the Stirling Smith, when the new bronze portrait of King Robert the Bruce is unveiled by his descendant Lord Bruce.  The portrait combines the research of Andrew Nelson, Professor of Anthropology of Western University, Ontario, with the work of forensic sculptor Christian Corbet, Sculptor

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Nursing - Stirling

Nurse Jean Sloan of Stirling Royal Infirmary (Nursing)

Today we look back 30 years, to the time when nurses could be immediately identified by their uniform and badges.   This photograph is one of a small collection gifted to the Stirling Smith, together with nursing badges.  Nurse Sloan wears the green cap band of the State Enrolled Nurse and

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Old Stirling Bridge, 1915 by James Bisset Crockart, (1885 - 1974)

Old Stirling Bridge

11th September is the 716th anniversary of William Wallace’s famous victory of the Battle of Stirling Bridge and to mark it is a painting of Old Stirling Bridge, 1915 by James Bisset Crockart (1885 – 1974).  This purchase was made possible with grants from the Stirling Common Good Fund and

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Chain from the healing pool of St Fillan

Chain from the Healing Pools of St Fillan

Six links of an old iron chain survive in the Stirling Smith Collections – all that is left of the chain which bound those with a mental illness at the healing pool of St.Fillan near Killin. The Irish monk St. Fillan came to Scotland in 717AD, and gave his name

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Hay’s Music Store – Stirling

It would take a book to assess and appreciate the effect of Hay’s Music Store on the cultural life of Stirling over the generations. Before its closure in 1996, the Store was in Friar Street, but previous locations were in Barnton Street and Murray Place. The Hay family served and

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Emily Wilding Davison

This rare copy of the suffragette newspaper, 13 June 1913, is a recent gift to the Stirling Smith collections by librarian and Bridge of Allan historian, Malcolm Allan.  It describes the tragic circumstances of the death of Emily Wilding Davison, who died under the hooves of the King’s horse at

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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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World Cultures - Chinese Ming Cup

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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Stirling Soroptimists

The sterling silver President’s chain and badge of office of the Soroptimist International of Stirling Club 1959 -2016 was one of many fine gifts to the Stirling Smith collections last year. It is always sad when a long – running organisation ceases to function, but the Smith looks after the

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