St Margaret’s Day

Today is St Margaret’s day. She is one of the national saints of Scotland who came here 950 years ago, a refugee from the Norman invaders of England in 1066. She was an English princess of the House of Wessex, sister of Edgar Ætheling, the short-ruling and uncrowned Anglo-Saxon English

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Veere by John Munnoch   

‘The Great Church at Veere, 1914’ by John Munnoch (1879 – 1915) is a recent purchase for the Stirling Smith collections, made possible by grants from the National Fund for Acquisitions and the Common Good Fund of Stirling. Scottish artists were well acquainted with Veere, as from 1541 it was

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Stirling Angels    

Featured today is the key painting of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour exhibition in the Stirling Smith. ‘The Messenger’ is by Stirling artist @, and it is a painting full of symbolism about love, spirituality, the skies, the seas, and all things in between. Two of June’s angels

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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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Coal Mining Heritage              

 Last week, Stirling Council launched a mining heritage website , which features information held in Stirling Libraries and Archives, and the information boards from the Stirling Smith’s Polmaise exhibition of last year. The collection is always growing. A recent gift to the Smith is a rope-suspended wooden swing of the

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Painting the Forth      

Epic landscape painting of the type which helped shape national consciousness in the 18th and 19th centuries is no longer practised, but the work of artist Darren Woodhead, now showing in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, has something of the same aim. Darren who has previously been BBC

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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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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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