National Poetry Day 2019 at The Stirling Smith

UK National Poetry Day 2019 had Truth as a theme.  This was a tough concept for Stirling’s young people, but the almost 180 entries from children in P5-7 and S1-S2 classes proved that many were up for that challenge. They were asked to link their Truth ideas to objects or

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Oswald is the TOP Member of Staff

Always a great trick question at The Smith:  Who is the most important member of staff working here? Sixteen year old Oswald’s tale of how he arrived and how he is now a social media and tv star always fascinates children and adults alike.   Here children from St Ninian’s School Stirling learn that Oswald is

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Scary Teacher

“Is this how bad it was in school in the old days, granddad?”  That’s the question in the minds of children from Strathdevon School, Dollar. Their teacher knew how rough it would get when she invited David Smith, Learning Officer at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum to relive

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Michael McGinnes 40 years service at The Stirling Smith

Michael first started work at the Stirling Smith back in August 1979, at a time when Margaret Thatcher had not long been handed the keys to No.10 Downing Street.  Michael had trained at Glasgow University as a geologist, graduating with a BSc in that subject, and after hanging around for

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Gallery Two Refurbishment

Exciting times at The Smith! Work is about to start on renovating Gallery Two so we can bring you a beautifully refurbished space and a new exhibition, featuring work from our fine art collection. Getting work done is always a bit messy and disruptive but we will try our best

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Dear Torbrex Tam

‘Torbrex Tam’ is the name given to the oldest known inhabitant of Stirling. He lived about 4000 years ago, and was buried in Torbrex. His face has been reconstructed and an exhibition about Tam and his times is to be seen at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. But

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Simón Bolívar

Three years ago, a much-neglected canvas, torn, battered and with paint loss, listed as ‘Man in Uniform. Artist Unknown’ in the Smith collections was the Stirling Story. Today, after painstaking restoration and framing, he can be seen in his full glory as Simón Bolívar (1783 – 1830), The Liberator, known

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Star of Snowdon

Snowdon is the ancient poetic name for Stirling. In 1859, the Star of Snowdon Purity Brooch was a piece of Stirling-inspired jewellery made for the women of the Drummond family to celebrate the inauguration of the Virgin Martyrs Monument in the new Valley Cemetery. The cemetery was created with money

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The Neish Collection

Today’s Stirling Smith object is an elegant writing stand, made for Shoreham Old Church in West Sussex. It is engraved with the words ‘For ye use of ye Great Vestry Room, Saml. Coupers Vestry Clerke 1745’ and is in the Neish Collection of British Pewter. Alex Neish has spent a

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Stirling Builders

A special exhibition from Historic Environment Scotland ran throughout the summer at the Stirling Smith and finished on Sunday 12 August. Called ‘Stirling Builds’, it looked at many of the best-known buildings in the city from drawings of the pre-Reformation Church of the Holy Rude to the Wallace Monument competition

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