Neish Pewter Gallery re-opens for the season
On Saturday 3rd March, the Neish Pewter Gallery will re-open to the public for the 2012 Spring/Summer season.
The gallery holds one of the largest Pewter collections in the UK and displays different pieces of pewter on rotation, so various different pieces are displayed at different times.
The Gallery is in the Old Court (often referred to as the “old district court’ building), Spittal Street, right next door to Allan's Primary School and showcases a selection of pewter from various sources, notably from Alex Neish who built up his collection at long range, before retiring to Barcelona. Alex had always wanted the collection to return to Scotland where it began 50 years ago. He viewed Stirling’s Smith Art Gallery and Museum as an ideal home because of its own outstanding collection of Scottish pewter "which was on display and not stored away in packing cases." He gifted the collection to the people of Stirling and the Art gallery in 2011.
Chairman of the Stirling Smith Trustees, Councillor Colin O'Brien, comments; "The Smith Pewter collection is an outstanding resource for the area. It is steeped in history and every piece tells a different story of the past. The gallery is free admission and I would encourage anybody to go along and see the vast collection for yourself. I am sure there will be plenty to capture the imagination."
Opening Hours for the collection: Saturdays 1-4, Sundays 2-4.30
Stirling Smith Pewter Gallery, 23 Spittal Street, Stirling FK8 1DU
Photo shows: Chairman of the Stirling Smith Truestees, Colin O'Brien; Provost Fergus Wood, Michael McGinnes from the Stirling Smith Gallery & Museum and some volunteers.