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
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."