Wolf’s Tooth Baby Rattle

After two years in Spittal Street, the internationally important Neish Collection of British Pewter will be displayed in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, later this year. Shown here is a small item from it, a baby rattle dating to the 1540s. The rattle opens into a ball shape

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North Sea Oil

Why does the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum have two sample bottles of North Sea Oil, when Stirling is quite a distance away from the North Sea? As always, the answer lies in Stirling’s geography, right at the heart of Scotland, and a crossing point of all major roads.

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Burgh Officer’s Uniform

Kenneth Derrick, pictured here, was the last Stirling Council Officer, 1974-1996, to wear the traditional uniform, which he has donated recently to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. With this uniform, he was part of a long tradition, beginning in July 1607 when the Burgh of Stirling decided that

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The Stirling Ploughman, Henry Morley

The Stirling Smith has a number of works by the Stirling based artist Henry Morley (1870-1937), and in 2004 mounted a major exhibition on his life and work. Born in Nottingham, his art studies took him to Paris, where he studied at Julian’s Academy and fell in love with Stirling

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Stirling Stories 2013

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Stirling

Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day, and Stirling, branded in recent years as ‘Scotland’s Heart’, is the place to be. This mass – produced post card of the Wallace Monument, enveloped in a heart of forget – me – nots dates to the early 1900s and is in the Stirling Smith

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Stirling Stories 2013

The Office of Peter Drummond, Founder of the Stirling Tract Depot

There are not many surviving photographs of historic office interiors in Stirling. This is the modest office of Peter Drummond (1799 – 1877), founder of the Stirling Tract Depot, in its first purpose built building (1862) which still stands at the foot of King Street. The publishing enterprise for temperance

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The Stirling Lines of Robert Burns

When Burns visited Stirling in August 1787, he unwisely engraved his opinion of the town on one of the window panes of Wingate’s Inn (now the Golden Lion Hotel). In ten lines, he summed up how Stirling, from where the Stewart kings had ruled Scotland, had lost all power, and

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Gilbert Rennie

Gilbert Rennie How many people in Kippen are now aware of the important contribution of Sir Gilbert Rennie (1895 – 1981)? In this portrait, c1910, he was a pupil at the High School of Stirling. The portrait is a recent gift to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum collections

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Scottish Identity

At this time of year, we tend to think about our identity as Scots and citizens of Stirling. How do we differ from citizens of other Scottish cities? One thing which has distinguished Stirling is the regiment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, now part of the Royal Regiment of

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The Neish has relocated the Gallery 3

Neish Pewter Collection relocates to the Stirling Smith

The Neish Pewter Collection has moved from Spittal Street and is now located in Gallery 3 where it can be viewed during normal museum opening hours.

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