Interviewees Needed for Ellisland History Project

People with a strong connection to Robert Burns’ farm near Dumfries are wanted for an exciting new oral history project.


Ellisland Farm and Museum want to interview people with a close connection to the 18th century farm, which was built by the bard for his young family.


They want to piece together the farm’s history in the centuries after Burns left in 1791.


The project is part of a wider exhibition titled ‘For the Love of Ellisland’, funded by Historic Environment Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and The People’s Postcode Lottery.


The resulting exhibition this summer will be an audio-visual experience where visitors are immersed in the stories of Ellisland from Burns’ time up to the present day.


One of the primary aims of this project is to celebrate the communities who have maintained the integrity of the site over many years.


Previous custodians, trustees, volunteers, and those belonging to or related to the local community are encouraged to participate.


The interviews will take place from 6-10 May on site, however flexibility for individual schedules will be accommodated.


Adam Dickson, Museum Project Officer at the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people closely connected to Ellisland to share what the place means to them or their families.
We are delighted to offer the local community a chance to display their memories in a meaningful way.
The exhibition will celebrate past lives as well as educate visitors about the importance of community involvement in regards to small museums”.


Those interested should email [email protected] or call 01387740426 to begin the process.

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