A Stitch in Rhyme

   Poetry is the theme of the new exhibition which opens at the Smith this Saturday.  Doing the honours will be Lesley Duncan: poet, Stirling resident, and Poetry Editor of the Herald.  Lesley is already represented in the Smith’s collection with a portrait by artist Lys Hansen.  The exhibition features

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The Art of Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell (1953-2007) died at the tragically early age of 53. Had he lived, he would have been 60 this month. Shown here is his painting “Outside Right at Sunset Gate” purchased for the Stirling Smith collections in 1996, with a grant from the Scottish Arts Council. Campbell often used

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Dunblane Doll’s House, 1940

Shown here is a detail of the Nursery, one of the many rooms in the Dunblane Doll House. Each of the pieces is functional, as well as beautifully detailed. The Nursery has its own Doll’s House (on the left), a rocking horse which rocks, a bed, cot, and tea table.

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North Sea Oil

Why does the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum have two sample bottles of North Sea Oil, when Stirling is quite a distance away from the North Sea? As always, the answer lies in Stirling’s geography, right at the heart of Scotland, and a crossing point of all major roads.

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Burgh Officer’s Uniform

Kenneth Derrick, pictured here, was the last Stirling Council Officer, 1974-1996, to wear the traditional uniform, which he has donated recently to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. With this uniform, he was part of a long tradition, beginning in July 1607 when the Burgh of Stirling decided that

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Stirling Stories 2013

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Stirling

Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day, and Stirling, branded in recent years as ‘Scotland’s Heart’, is the place to be. This mass – produced post card of the Wallace Monument, enveloped in a heart of forget – me – nots dates to the early 1900s and is in the Stirling Smith

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Stirling Stories 2013

The Office of Peter Drummond, Founder of the Stirling Tract Depot

There are not many surviving photographs of historic office interiors in Stirling. This is the modest office of Peter Drummond (1799 – 1877), founder of the Stirling Tract Depot, in its first purpose built building (1862) which still stands at the foot of King Street. The publishing enterprise for temperance

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The Stirling Lines of Robert Burns

When Burns visited Stirling in August 1787, he unwisely engraved his opinion of the town on one of the window panes of Wingate’s Inn (now the Golden Lion Hotel). In ten lines, he summed up how Stirling, from where the Stewart kings had ruled Scotland, had lost all power, and

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Gilbert Rennie

Gilbert Rennie How many people in Kippen are now aware of the important contribution of Sir Gilbert Rennie (1895 – 1981)? In this portrait, c1910, he was a pupil at the High School of Stirling. The portrait is a recent gift to the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum collections

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Scottish Identity

At this time of year, we tend to think about our identity as Scots and citizens of Stirling. How do we differ from citizens of other Scottish cities? One thing which has distinguished Stirling is the regiment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, now part of the Royal Regiment of

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