The Links of Forth

With the tourist season here, it’s worth taking a look at what attracted visitors to Stirling in the past. This postcard dates to 1910, features tartan and Scottish harebells and celebrates the Links of Forth. The view of the winding river from the Castle craig or the Abbey craig is

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Wallace Monument

This is the Year of Architecture, when the National Wallace Monument will be celebrating the 155th anniversary of the laying foundation stone, 24 June 1861.  It was one of the biggest public events in 19th century Scotland, and was followed by one of the longest building programmes.  The Monument was

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Flockhart Legacy

The exhibition of twentieth century art from the Stirling Smith’s collection continues. Featured prominently is this work by Helen Flockhart, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1985. Since then she has built a formidable reputation through numerous exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. Her rich, meticulously crafted paintings

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‘Nightmare’ by James Hume Nisbet

One of the tasks of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is to collect and show the works of important Stirling artists. ‘The Nightmare’ is a recently purchased gouache by Stirling born artist and writer James Hume Nisbet (1849 – 1923) who is largely unknown in Scotland today, but

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Back Walk to Stirling Castle

From 11 – 4pm on Monday 29 February, there is a special opportunity to see an exhibition of the works of Anthony C. Berry. The venue is Annfield House in Annfield Gardens, and all visitors are welcome. Included in the exhibition is this work from the Stirling Smith, showing the

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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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image shows two silver communion goblets made by Johan Gottleif Bilsinds inscribed ‘The Communion Cups of the Kirk of Drymen 1732’

Drymen Communion Silver, 1732

Next Thursday (18 February) there will be a celebration at the Stirling Smith for the purchase of two silver cups, inscribed ‘The Communion Cups of the Kirk of Drymen 1732’. These are very rare communion vessels, made by émigré silversmith Johan Gottleiff Bilsinds of Glasgow. Only a very few examples

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Model showing Cambuskenneth Abbey

Cambuskenneth Abbey

The recent archaeological investigations at Cambuskenneth Abbey have highlighted the importance of the ruins as a site of great significance. Archaeologist Murray Cook rightly describes it as ‘one of Stirling’s most overlooked jewels.’ When it was functioning as a monastery, before the Reformation in 1560, it was part of the

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Guardians of Scotland Trust

The exhibition of the six finalists in the Guardians of Scotland Trust competition for the design of an artwork to commemorate the part of both William Wallace and Andrew de Moray continues at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum until 21 February. Moray died not long after the battle

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Drouthy Neebours

Today’s story is about the up and coming generation of Stirling artists. This painting by Liam McQueen of Riverside Primary School is one of many in the Great Art Quest exhibition at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum which takes its inspiration from Robert Burns’ great poem Tam O’

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