The Real Stirling Christmas, The Drummond Tract Depot

This illustration of the birth of Jesus with the shepherds in attendance in the cattle shed is a classic pre-War illustration from The Greatest Story Ever, printed by the Drummond Tract Depot or Stirling Tract Enterprise. The Drummond Family, as seed merchants and agricultural improvers, did much to shape the

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Santa the Bruce – Stirling Christmas Cards

With three more posting days to Christmas, take a look at this Stirling card of 2004 which was in MP Anne McGuire’s annual Christmas Card Competition. Christmas cards have changed in the last ten years. The ecard market has grown; messaging on social media platforms is free and popular; schools

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St Fillan’s chain, from a healing pool at Killin

The six links of the chain of St. Fillan, Killin, in the Stirling Smith collections are not much to look at, but they can be counted among the treasures of the Smith. They caught the imagination of a group of students at the University of Western Australia who made a

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IMAGE CREDIT: ROB MCDOUGALL

World’s Oldest Football Kicks Off Scotland’s Summer of Sport

  Alan Rough encourages visitors to discover country’s sporting memorabilia as World Cup reaches climax   To celebrate Sunday’s epic clash between Argentina and Germany in the FIFA World Cup final, legendary Scotland goalkeeper Alan Rough has been getting to grips with an exact replica of the world’s oldest football.

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James Wedlake Bannockburn 700

James gives us an insight into the Smith’s own Bannockburn exhibition on the Art in Scotland TV webchannel.

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Art UK: Art Detectives identify Hamilton Macallum painting location.

The Public Catalogue Foundation now known as Art UK has, over the past ten years photographed 210,000 publicly owned oil paintings from 3,000 collections in the UK.  All of which are available to see on the PCF website. The launch of the ‘Art Detective’ programme has opened the doors for

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The Pacific Collection – Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

On Wednesday 19th February, the Stirling Smith was lucky enough to be visited by Eve Haddow, Assistant Curator at National Museums Scotland. Eve has been working on the Pacific Collections Review- a project dedicated to increasing information on and exploring the relationships between collections based on the Pacific islands in

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Bridge of Allan Golf Course

Bridge of Allan Golf Course

With the Ryder Cup exhibition in the Stirling Smith, we continue to explore the local story of golf.  The Bridge of Allan Golf Course was laid out by the famous Old Tom Morris in 1895, on ground selected by him.  Shown here is Edmund Pullar declaring the extended course open

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Victorian Valentine Fan

An elaborate fan, of machine cut paper lace, was the Valentine message sent by J. Malcolm Allan’s grandfather to his sweetheart in 1889.  The couple married in 1890, and until it was gifted to the Smith in 2002, the Valentine fan was a family treasure.  More versatile than a card,

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Gourlay Feathery Golf Ball

Until 20 March, the Stirling Smith has the privilege of hosting the famous Ryder Cup Heritage exhibition. The ancient Royal Burgh and City of Stirling has golfing heritage of its own. It is recorded in the accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland that on 29 March 1506 James

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