The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum has been firmly in the heart of Stirling for almost 140 years!
To celebrate we are hoping to publish our very own Crime novel.
Written by ex Smith Administrator and author Thomas A. Christie 'The Shadow in the Gallery' will bring to life the museum during the era of our first curator Alexander Croall. Join him as he searches for the stolen emerald in this classic Victorian era whodunnit.
The money raised by the pledges will be used to publish the book and send a number to local secondary schools with our education officer to study Stirlingshire's place in literary history in both fiction and non fiction.
Message from the Author
The Shadow in the Gallery is a story of a fictional crime and a very real museum - Stirling’s famous Smith Institute, now the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. 2014 marks the organisation’s 140th anniversary, and in celebration of this landmark date it has been my pleasure to be involved in the creation of an original novel, set during the early days of the building, which features its first curator: the eminent natural historian Alexander Croall.
However, The Shadow in the Gallery is more than a commemoration of the Smith Institute’s history. It explores the Stirling of the Victorian era by highlighting some of the many extraordinary historical characters - artists and scientists, scholars and civic figures - who helped to make the town such a remarkable and vibrant place. Together, this diverse group of people are unexpectedly hurled into the heart of a mysterious crime which takes place within the museum... but can Mr Croall and his guests identify the culprit before time runs out?
All proceeds from the sale of The Shadow in the Gallery will be donated to the Stirling Smith Development Fund, in support of an ambitious ongoing project to extend the building, provide brand new services for visitors to the museum, and to help ensure that the Smith Institute will still be around for at least another 140 years to come! The Stirling Smith is a registered charitable organisation, and its continued operation depends on the support of the public in sustaining its work. I hope that you will join with me in championing this worthy cause.
Dr Thomas A. Christie