Wolves return to Stirling

Ava- half wolf half husky-will hear her ancestors howling for the first time in a pop-up art event, a sound installation, in the Ailie garden of the Smith museum and gallery on Friday 3 May 7-9 pm organised by Creative Stirling. Her owner, Amanda Taylor from Cowie, says 2-year-old Ava

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International Recognition for The Stirling Smith Collections

International Recognition for the Stirling Smith Collections   Whilst many Scottish Museums have participated in the National Recognition Scheme for museum collections, the Stirling Smith has been given the gift of international recognition.   For over a year, the Smith has worked in partnership with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of

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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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Wolf’s Tooth Baby Rattle

After two years in Spittal Street, the internationally important Neish Collection of British Pewter will be displayed in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, later this year. Shown here is a small item from it, a baby rattle dating to the 1540s. The rattle opens into a ball shape

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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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