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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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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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 – 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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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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Loch Earn from the East

The Treasures of the Smith exhibition, showcasing some of the best paintings and objects in the Smith’s collections, ends in a few days’ time. The painting featured today is a recent purchase made possible by the Stirling Common Good Fund and the National Fund for Acquisitions. It is by the

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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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Stirling Bridge by Iona Leishman – Stirling Story 36 for 9 September 2015

11 September is the 718th anniversary of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the battle which William Wallace and Andrew de Moray won, against all the odds, and an English army of invasion. This small, spirited work of 2010 was gifted to the Smith collections by Friend of the Smith Moira

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