Plans to save farm where poet Robert Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne unveiled

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Plans to prevention a workplace successful Scotland wherever Robert Burns wrote immoderate of his astir celebrated works person been unveiled by a charity.

Ellisland Farm, connected the banks of the River Nith successful Dumfries and Galloway, was built by the writer successful 1788 for his woman Jean Armour and their family.

It was determination helium wrote pieces specified arsenic Auld Lang Syne and Tam O'Shanter.

The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust present hopes to make the tract arsenic a visitant attraction, with plans to marque the farmhouse into an "immersive space" wherever visitors tin acquisition the couple's home life.

The proposals besides see creator residencies, allowing a caller procreation of artists, musicians and writers to beryllium inspired by the aforesaid scenery that Burns described arsenic "sweet poetic ground".

 Monday February 27, 2023.

Image: The plans are present connected nationalist display

New accommodation volition beryllium modelled connected the Hermitage, a tiny bothy connected the neighbouring Friars Carse estate, wherever Burns would flight to write.

The proposals are based connected the rule of "conservation done use" with wealth raised from visitors and originative retreats utilized to subsidise community, practice and acquisition events.

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A caller visitant centre volition beryllium built astatine the tract - which lies extracurricular the colony of Auldgirth - with a cafe and an accumulation abstraction wherever assorted items and artefacts from Ellisland's postulation volition spell connected show, including manuscripts and immoderate of Burns' possessions, specified arsenic his books, flute and sportfishing rod.

The plans are present connected nationalist display, and a assemblage drop-in lawsuit volition instrumentality place, with a integer run being funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Community Led Vision Fund.

 Monday February 27, 2023.

Image: An artist's content of the projected cafe and accumulation space

'These proposals volition bring Ellisland alive'

Dr David Hopes, acting seat of the Trust, said: "Ellisland's conservation absorption plan, funded by Historic Environment Scotland and published past year, identified the tract arsenic being of 'exceptional significance' but said it was astatine hazard unless extended repairs were carried out.

"These plans volition prevention the buildings by conserving them done use, safeguard the important postulation and let galore much radical to bask the tract and payment from it."

Joan McAlpine, concern improvement manager astatine the Trust, added: "These proposals volition bring Ellisland live by enabling caller generations to beryllium inspired arsenic Burns was inspired by what helium called the 'sweet poetic ground' connected the Banks of the Nith.

"We judge radical volition privation to travel from each implicit the satellite to immerse themselves successful the scenery which inspired Auld Lang Syne, Ye Banks and Braes, John Anderson and galore much songs."

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