Stirling Soroptimists

The sterling silver President’s chain and badge of office of the Soroptimist International of Stirling Club 1959 -2016 was one of many fine gifts to the Stirling Smith collections last year. It is always sad when a long – running organisation ceases to function, but the Smith looks after the

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Nipple Protector

Heavy metal nipple guard or 18th Century boil sucker? Quizeum

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

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Forthbank Carpet Works, 1934 – Industrial Stirling

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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Loch Earn from the East, McNeil MacLeay, (1806 – 1883)

The painting featured here is a recent purchase made possible by the Stirling Common Good Fund and the National Fund for Acquisitions. It is by the eminent artist and Stirling resident McNeil MacLeay (1806 – 1883) and was painted in 1868. The title, in the artist’s hand, is inscribed on

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Treasures of the Smith Exhibition

Friday, 26 June 2015 was the long anticipated launch of the Stirling Smith’s own summer exhibition. The exhibition looks at the range, quality and importance of the collections.  Stirling-based artists such as Hugh Green and Denovan Adam are on display beside many popular and pieces of art relating to Stirling.

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The Washer Men of Cowie Colliery

The Polmaise Colliery exhibition continues at the Smith.  This photograph is from Cowie Colliery, located in Bannockburn.   It opened in 1894, ten years earlier than Polmaise, and closed in 1953.The image dates from the 1920s and is of the men who tended the machines which washed the dust from

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The Victimised Miners of 1984-5

In 1984, when Polmaise 3&4 Colliery was threatened with flooding through non – use, four miners went underground to prevent this, through a three day sit-in. A press photographer, given access by the National Union of Mineworkers, went underground and took this photograph. Left to right are miners Jim O’Hare,

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Counting the Cash – The Stirling Smith Bank Note Collection

  Two of our volunteers, Ben and Rachel have been working on scanning and documenting our bank note collection. Apart from local banks we also have notes from the American Revolutionary war 1771 – 1783 and the American Civil war; 1861-1865.  Collecting mementos of war in the form of notes

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Great War Silks – Valentine’s Day

The departure of a generation of young men to fight in the Great War was felt keenly by families world – wide and poignantly expressed in the form of mass-produced cards known as Great War Silks. These cards were originally hand-embroidered by women in France and Belgium, but as demand

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William Neilson. M.M., a Cambusbarron Great War Hero

The hundred year old Great War page in the Observer is now a regular feature and a gripping read every week, as the events unfold for this generation. Today’s story should have been held until May 2019, but as it involves such a generous gift to the Stirling Smith, we

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