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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Thomson’s Carriage Works 

Today’s object from the Stirling Smith collections is an advertising card for the firm of George Thomson, Carriage Builder, issued at the Edinburgh International Industrial Exhibition of 1886 and showing two of his carriages. It is a recent gift to the collections from Mrs Jane Millar. The firm of George

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Forth Vineyards

Today’s objects from the Stirling Smith collections are a porcelain sugar bowl and cream jug, hand painted with “A Present from Stirling”. They were recently gifted by Anne Muirhead of Gargunnock, and they reference the Kippen Vine, planted 1891. By 1922, the Kippen Big Vine was acknowledged to be the

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Happy Feet      

The Stirling Albion exhibition has only another week to run at the Smith, but the good news is that some of the treasures loaned for the exhibition will be staying in the Smith collections – like this rare Albion shirt of 1948 and the clock ‘Presented by the Directors of

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The Wallace of the Sikh People

Wallace, who liberated Scotland, is the very first national liberator. Others in search of freedom who came after him have always acknowledged that. The Scottish colliers in the 18th century who were serfs, organised themselves intoSir William Wallace Lodges of Free Colliersto establish their freedom. Garibaldi in the 19th century

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Cowane’s Hospital

Here is an image of how Cowane’s Hospital should look – pristine, white and cared for, as shown in this model from the Stirling Smith collections, made by Aberdeen man George W Reid. As most people know, Cowane’s has long awaited refurbishment and improvements. The Heritage Lottery upgrade will soon

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Stirling’s Museum

This engraving of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum in August 1874 was published in The Graphic Magazine, gifted to the Smith by Jim Thomson. The Stirling Smith has served Stirling as a museum, gallery and cultural venue for 142 years. It was therefore quite a surprise to see

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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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Wallace Monument

This month, the Wallace Monument curators themselves are having a good blow, as it is 155 years since the foundation stone was laid on 24 June 1861. This was one of the biggest public events in 19th century Scotland, and it is unlikely that Stirling will ever again see this

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