Tribute to Britain’s first woman archaeologist 

Over the past year, Stirling has been adorned with woodland carvings on a variety of historical subjects, thanks to the creative programme of the Stirling Council Ranger Service. The latest wood carving, near the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum has been erected in honour of Christian Maclagan (1809 –

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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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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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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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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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Cruive Dykes – Stirling Story No. 7 for 18 February 2015

Artist James Christie Prowett (1865-1946) was the only son of James Prowett, a watchmaker and jeweller in Bannockburn. He was educated at Wilson’s Academy and Stirling High School, where he was taught art by Edmund Baker. He served as apprentice to the Stirling architect John Allan, but fine art held

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Out of Time – Neolithic Exhibition Opens at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

The stones tell us that humans have long been capable great feats of strength and organisation, and that they have been engaged since the beginning in a search for meaning and spirituality. These monuments speak directly to us and though we may no longer understand their language, we feel their

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St Fillan’s chain, from a healing pool at Killin – Stirling Story 48 for 26 November 2014

The six links of chain of St. Fillan in the Stirling Smith collections are not much to look at, but they can be counted among the treasures of the Smith. They caught the imagination of a group of students at the University of Western Australia who made a greetings card

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Lecropt Remembrance Window – Stirling Story No 46 for 12 November 2014

Most stained glass windows are about remembrance. Today’s story concerns a detail of the magnificent four light chancel window, the gift of Lawrence Pullar in 1911, in the historic Lecropt Kirk, Bridge of Allan. The subject is taken from Psalm 150, ‘Praise God in his sanctuary…..Praise Him with the sound

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James Wedlake Bannockburn 700

James gives us an insight into the Smith’s own Bannockburn exhibition on the Art in Scotland TV webchannel.

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