During the summer of 2020 our new #CollectionsInColour hour will throw open the storerooms of our archives, special collections and art collection, showcasing the wide range of culture, heritage and history we hold at the University of Stirling. Part of the university’s #BeConnected programme every week we will focus on a particular theme, highlighting the unusual, the unexpected and the hidden treasures we hold. Join us every Thursday at 1pm for live updates on twitter and facebook.

Thursday 6 August

Inspired by our beautiful camps this week our #CollectionsInColour hour will focus on nature. Join us on twitter and facebook for a walk on the wildside through our collections.

We’re also sharing these jigsaws of colourful images from our natural history collections along with a soothing Spotify sountrack on theme of nature:

Thursday 30 July

This week our #CollectionsInColour hour teams up with #BrigInColour to focus on fashion. Join us on the catwalk on twitter and facebook on Thursday at 1pm when we’ll be sharing a stylish selection of images from our collections.

Poster for theatre production, Macrobert Centre, November 1973

Every fashion show needs a soundtrack – our Spotify playlist includes a selection of tunes for the archival catwalk.

We’ve also created a couple of stylish colouring sheets from the pages of Brig newspaper which can be downloaded below:

Thursday 23 July

This week our #CollectionsInColour hour celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Commonwealth Games, which took place in Edinburgh from 16-25 July 1970. The competition was the first time the Games were held in Scotland. Join us on on twitter and facebook on Thursday at 1pm when we’ll be sharing stories and images from the Games from our Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive.

To continue our support of the university’s #BeConnected programme this week’s #CollectionsInColour comes with added jigsaw fun! Test yourself with this beautiful promotional image for the 1970 Games.

Thursday 16 July

With the university currently holding the title of Sports University of the Year our #CollectionsInColour theme this week is sport. We’ll be looking at the history of sport at the university and sharing highlights from the sporting heritage collections we hold in the University Archives. Join us on on twitter and facebook on Thursday at 1pm.

Photos of sports teams from the University Archives

Thursday 9 July

To coincide with our Scottish Political Archive’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the A Day for Scotland concert which took place in Stirling on 14 July 1990 this week’s theme is music & politics (an opportunity for us to feature our fabulous Musicians’ Union Archive).

This weeks colouring sheet and Spotify playlist:

(Ref. MU/01/05/44)

Our colouring sheet is a wrap-around cover from the Feb 1964 issue of The Musician, the magazine of the Musicians Union and can be downloaded at:

Your Spotify playlist: On 14 July 1990 over 30,000 people gathered in Stirling to celebrate ‘A Day for Scotland’. Billed as ‘a Festival for our Future’, the event linked popular culture with the growing campaign for a Scottish parliament. Organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress and Stirling District Council the event promised ‘a positive celebration of Scottish life.’ The eclectic musical line up provided a snap-shot of the Scottish music scene embracing rock, pop, folk, jazz and even thundering industrial music. This playlist features some of the artists who played on the day.

#CollectionsInColour follows on from our weekly #BrigInColour hours which took a look back at the history of the university through the pages of the student newspaper.

Thursday 25 June

Our first weekly theme will be collecting. Find out how our collections have grown over the years, what we hold and why it’s at Stirling!