Robert Burns Museum nears completion

7 October 2010

The completion of the National Trust for Scotland's Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire came a step closer this week as its new café and shop started trading.

The first major museum to open in Scotland since 2007, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum will house the most significant Burns collection of its kind including 5,000 historic artefacts, manuscripts and memorabilia of the bard.

Capita Symonds is providing project management services on the project on behalf of client The National Trust for Scotland. 

The museum is part of a major redevelopment of the Burns National Heritage Park which marks the 250th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Scheduled to open in August 2010, the museum will house the Trust’s collection of Burns’ works and other articles, making it the most important Burns collection in the world.

Museum director Nat Edwards said:

"It is a great honour to welcome visitors over the threshold of this fantastic building for the first time… We are now very much involved in the final push before opening, ensuring the delicate items which have been returned to Alloway are displayed in the best possible light, and that the technology and exhibits that help telling the story of Burns is all up and running. This is a very exciting time for the project and we'd really like to thank the people of Alloway and all our visitors for their support."