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The Neish collection

Published on 07/10/2012 by in Museum, News

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is the new home for the Neish collection.

For nearly fifty years Alex Neish has sought to keep the best of British pewter in the United Kingdom by buying it in the sale rooms. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he has identified the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum as the ideal home for his collection.

It includes many exquisite, rare pieces, such as a rose water dish made by Richard Weir of Edinburgh for King James VI’s palace of Holyrood c1600.

Rose water dish

Rose water dish

Due to redevelopment work at the museum it will not be possible for the complete collection to be on display for some time. A good selection, will go on display in Stirling next week and is expected to be available to visitors until at least 2013.

The collection is housed in the former District Court at 23 Spittal Street, which will be open initially on Saturdays 1-4 pm and Sundays 2-4.30 pm. There may be additional opening hours, so if you are planning a visit, you can telephone the Stirling Smith on 01786 471917 (+44 1786 471917 from overseas) for up-to-date information.

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