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 for 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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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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The Art of Ailsa Black – Stirling Story 49 for 3 December 2014

The end of a significant year for Stirling, and the historic, 140th anniversary year for the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, will be brought to a colourful conclusion by an exhibition of the work of the Scottish artist Ailsa Black. Weather forecasters have promised a snow- free December, but

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The Second Calling – Stirling Story no.51 for 18 December 2013

    The June Carey exhibition continues at the Stirling Smith until 10 January.  Born, raised and still resident in Stirling, June Carey is a Scottish artist with and international reputation.  The Smith has purchased this work in pastel from the exhibition, with the support of the Stirling Common Good

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Hairdressing in Stirling – Stirling Story no.49 for 4 December 2013

Today’s story shows a Stirling Hairdresser of an earlier era.  The salon of Archibald A. Ross was at 12A Upper Craigs (at present, The Trophy Centre) from 1930-1961.  This photograph of the late 1950s, shows his son Archibald B.E. Ross, at the shop doorway.  The window has a good range

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Carbeth Hutters – Stirling Story no.48 for 27 November 2013

The story of the Carbeth Hutters is a special one in Stirling district, and unique in Britain.  It started as one of the activities of the Clarion Scouts, a socialist movement which aimed to give working people from the city a taste of the countryside.  Land owner Allan Barns Graham

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Beer Porters by Frank Brangwyn (1867 – 1956) – Stirling Story 35 for 28 August 2013

This scene may be familiar to older readers of the Observer in more ways than one. Stirling was at one time a brewing centre, and workplace scenes such as this must have been common in breweries like St. Ninian’s Well, Burdens and Duncan’s. The image was sketched as part of

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