Burns Scotland is made up of priceless manuscripts, books, relics, art and memorabilia, which help shine light on the person and work of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns.

The Burns Scotland Partnership works together to tackle challenges such as improving conservation and documentation of the distributed collection, increasing access for different audiences, and realising the enormous learning potential of collections relating to Robert Burns.


Burns Scotland collections are cared for by a network of museums, libraries, galleries, archives and other bodies; the main custodians of Burns heritage in Scotland. These bodies formed the National Burns Collection Partnership in 2008, although the NBCP relies on a much wider affiliation of organisations and individuals to coordinate access to, and facilitate the preservation of, a distributed collection of national significance.

The NBCP grew out of a project called The Distributed National Burns Collections Project (November 2003-March 2005), a 16-month Museums Galleries Scotland Strategic Change Fund initiative which sought to encourage those organisations in Scotland holding Burns-related artifacts to work in partnership to improve access to, and stewardship of, the distributed national collection.


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