St. Crispin in Stirling – Stirling Story no 46 for 18 November 2015

A glance at the Voice of the People columns in the Observer shows Stirling to be a busy place, with many special interest groups and societies. Societies have changed with the times, and with the first Stirling newspaper appearing in 1820, it is difficult to find the information on the

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Heavy metal nipple guard or 18th Century boil sucker?

Just one of the questions the panel face as the Quizeum explores the collections of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Monday 23 November, 2015 Griff Rhys Jones is joined by Quizeum regulars Lars Tharp and Janina Ramirez.  And special guests, writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli and

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Scottish Silver – Stirling Story 45 for 11 November 2015

Some of the best contemporary silver made in Scotland is currently on show in the Silver of the Stars exhibition in the Stirling Smith, sponsored by the Edinburgh Incorporation of Goldsmiths. The local star of the show is the work of Dunblane – based silver and goldsmith Graham Stewart who

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The Music of the Great War – Stirling Story 44 for 4 November 2015

The Stirling 100 exhibition, featuring the histories of 100 men from Stirling who fought and died in the Great War, finishes on Remembrance Sunday at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. On Friday 6 November at 2pm, Dr. James Smyth, one of the curators of the exhibition will give

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Verge of a Dubhlochan – Stirling Story no. 43 for 28 October 2015

This painting by William Aitken (1828-1981) is in the Stirling Smith collections. It was painted in 1958 and purchased by the Trustees at an exhibition of the work of the Stirling & Clackmannan Art Teachers in 1961. Callendar House has a painting of Loch Awe by him, and we would

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Forthbank Carpet Works, 1934 –

Today’s story takes a look at Stirling’s lost industrial past and the workforce of the Forthbank Carpet Works. The workers are mainly women who were weavers and bobbin winders. Most lived in Raploch and walked to work every day. Note the brightly patterned cross- over ‘peenies’ or aprons which was

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The Fellah from Kinneh – Stirling Story 41 for 14 October 2015

October is Black History Month, and today’s image is one of the three surviving portraits of Black men by Thomas Stuart Smith, artist and founder of the Smith Art Gallery and Museum. The Fellah from Kinneh, or Qena, north of Luxor on the Nile delta was a native Egyptian who

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William Gear (1915 – 1997) – Stirling Story no. 40 for 7 October 2015

An iconic abstract work by the artist William Gear has been on loan to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne from the Smith’s collections this summer. The exhibition was a major centenary show, with 100 works, marketed with the strap line, “The painter that Britain forgot”. The exhibition has now moved

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The Fellah from Kinneh – Stirling Story 41 for 14 October 2015

October is Black History Month, and today’s image is one of the three surviving portraits of Black men by Thomas Stuart Smith, artist and founder of the Smith Art Gallery and Museum. The Fellah from Kinneh, or Qena, north of Luxor on the Nile delta was a native Egyptian who

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Leaving for the Front – Stirling Story no. 38 for 23 September 2015

The photograph shows a scene in Stirling Station all too common a hundred years ago as battalion after battalion left Stirling, either for further training or for service in the Great War. Families gathered on the platform to say farewell, possibly for the last time. Stirling Station has never been

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