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By Fiona Reid
Call for volunteers

MORE volunteers are needed to welcome visitors, support education work or help with gardening and maintenance at Ellisland Farm.

And The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust are holding a volunteer open day on Wednesday for anyone interested in supporting its work.

The event offers a chance to learn more about Ellisland, where Robert Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne and Tam o Shanter.

Museum project manager Siobhan McDonald said: “As a small museum, our volunteers are essential in making Ellisland a welcoming place to be.

“Some volunteers work behind the scenes of the museum in non-public facing roles; others welcome people, help with learning sessions or are part of delivering our exciting programme of events, open days and celebrations.

“If you have an interest in Robert Burns, in history, want to do something for the local community, make new friends or learn new skills, we’d love to hear from you.”

Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns built the farm on the site in 1788 and a Historic Environment Scotland study in 2021 found it to be of “exceptional” cultural and historic significance.

It remained a working farm after Burns left but became a place of pilgrimage for admirers of the bard.

In 2020, The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust (RBET) was established, replacing the previous trust that cared for the site. The new trust is eager to ensure the long-term sustainability, bringing the spirit of Burns to the 21st century, centring the role of Burns’ wife Jean Armour and the importance of the environment to Burns’ creative work.

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