Thomas Stuart Smith, Elspeth King – Stirling Story 53 for 31 December 2014

145 years ago today, the artist Thomas Stuart Smith died in a hotel in Avignon. The death was sudden and unexpected. He had planned to be in Stirling to personally superintend the building of the Smith Institute in 1870-71, but he died of ‘apoplexy’ following a cold. He was buried

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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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Bannockburn 700 – Stirling Story no 25 for 18 June

There will be many commemorations for Bannockburn 700 throughout the world, wherever Scots meet. Bannockburn near Geelong in Victoria, Australia also has its own battle re-enactment scheduled for 22 June. Here in Stirling the Masonic societies in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire have had a commemorative dinner for over

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Bannockburns – First of the Bannockburn 700 lectures at the Smith

At 12 noon on Thursday 1 May, poet Robert Crawford will speak in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314 – 2014, which is the subject of his latest book. This is a rare opportunity to meet one of Scotland’s leading poets

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Observer Christmas – Stirling Story no.52 for 25 December 2013

The Stirling Observer Christmas Numbers are now the history journals of their times.  This issue for 25 December 1949 is a recent gift to the Stirling Smith by Finlay Lumsden of Deanston, and is a window into the world of Stirling, 65 years ago.   The cover is by Sandford

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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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Stirling Station Stirling Story no. 50 for 11 December 2013

The railway came to Stirling through an Act of Parliament of 1845, bringing trade and tourism in a big way, and altering Stirling’s outlook and travelling habits. The advent of the railway saw the end of cattle droving; within 50 years, the great trysts of Doune and Falkirk had ceased,

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The Hay Harvest – Stirling Story no.39 for 25 September 2013

This painting is one of the largest in the Stirling Views exhibition, currently on show in the Stirling Smith.  The artist is M. Fleming Struthers, a Stirling artist closely associated with Joseph Denovan Adam’s School of Animal Art at Craigmill.   Struthers was a prolific artist, who exhibited regularly in

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