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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Treasures of the Smith, 27 June – 4 October 2015.

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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Washer Men, Cowie Colliery – Stirling Story No 23 for 10 June 2015

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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Art Demonstration – Stirling Story 19 for 13 May 2015

This weekend is the annual Festival of Museums, and to celebrate, the Stirling Smith is hosted a free demonstration at 2pm on Friday 15th May, by award-winning artist and local girl Rosanne Barr. Rosanne, who is now Vice President of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, was educated at Balfron

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The Free Colliers – Stirling Story 18 for 6 May 2015

The Mining exhibition at the Smith continues, and on Friday at 2pm, historian Ian Scott will speak on the history of the mining community in Central Scotland and the Sir William Wallace Grand Lodge of Scotland Free Colliers. Falkirk is the last home of this organisation, where they are known

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Tantalising Textiles – Stirling Story No 16 for 22 April 2015

This exhibition by the Turning Point group of textile artists, is on at the Stirling Smith until Sunday. The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is fortunate to be the home of the Neish Collection of British Pewter.   The textile artists have taken the Neish Collection as a source

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The Victimised Miners of 1984-5 – Stirling Story 15 for 15 April 2015

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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Oswald and Friend, by Elspeth King, Stirling Story no 2 for 14 January 2015

The Ailsa Black exhibition featuring beasts both wild and domestic finishes this week. One beast which will be remaining in the Stirling Smith’s collection is Ailsa’s whimsical portrait of cat-in-charge Oswald. The painting has been purchased by an anonymous benefactor as a tribute to all of the marketing and publicity

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Boo Haughton, Mines Rescue Service – Stirling Story No 10 for 11 March 2015

Bill “Boo” Haughton of Fallin first qualified as a miner in 1970, and went on to train as a developer and driver, opening up new coal seams, and in the specialist work of the Mines Rescue Service. He was photographed by John McPake at the opening of the Battle for

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