Scottish Seaweed

Today’s featured story can be seen at the Smith in The Colours of Nature exhibition by the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists. Although botanical art is centuries old, the SSBA is a young organisation and this is their second annual exhibition. Botanical art is very different from flower painting as

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Batterflats and John Allan

This summer, the Stirling Smith hosts an exhibition on the architect John Allan (1847-1922) who created some of Stirling’s most striking and unusual buildings. His designs used red brick, steel and lead combined with carved creamy stonework to create distinctive tenements, shops and dwellings. His use of symbols and mottoes

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Wonky Pots

No one now thinks about Stirling’s glory days as a pottery producing area, when in the 17th century, most of the earthenware for central Scotland and beyond was produced in the Throsk Pottery. The potters lived in the surrounding areas of Bandeath, Poppletrees and Cockspow, within the Barony of Cowie,

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Making Music with Cactus – Song Cycle

This is one of two paintings in the Stirling Smith collections by the eminent film maker Norman McLaren (1914 – 1987). McLaren was born in the house which faces the Smith and as a film maker, was internationally known through his work for the National Film Board of Canada and

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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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St Andrew’s Day at the Smith

Wednesday, 30 November is St Andrew’s Day, and the lecture at the Stirling Smith will be given by Dennis Canavan, the man who successfully promoted the St. Andrew’s Day Public Holiday (Scotland) Act of 2007 in the Scottish Parliament, re-instating the national celebration of the day for the first time

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King Robert the Bruce    

The story of King Robert the Bruce has been told and re-told ever since he captured England’s best poet, Robert Baston, at the battle of Bannockburn and made him write a poem on the great Scottish victory. Baston took 20 years to do it, and there have been many versions

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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 Photographers

Stirling Photographers Today’s story centres on a photograph of the road which is now Ochil View in Menstrie. It is one of about 450 plate glass negatives, which came without any information from the estate of the late Henry Robb (1933 – 2016). Fortunately, the donation coincided with the internship

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Cunninghame Graham Library

On Wednesday morning, the Cunninghame Graham Library opens at the Smith. Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham was perhaps the finest short story writer of all time. Laird of Gartmore, and so aristocratic that he was known as “the uncrowned king of Scotland”, he was also the first socialist MP in Westminster.

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