A Poet and His Place

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Redefining the scope and power of a literary museum, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum provides a unique setting to discover Scotland’s National Poet.

​Visitors explore the cottage where Burns first heard the songs and tales that inspired him, walk the landscape where his greatest works are set, see his original manuscripts and hear and watch his works performed.

Playfulness and social experience are powerful strands of Burns’ legacy and form potent elements in the exhibitions.

​A series of social games form the hub of one display area, a ranting pulpit and cutty stool another. Immersive films envelop an entire gallery. Visitors can leave a message for a lover at a trysting tree or arrange to meet in the Museum gardens, where interpretation brings the literary experience spilling into the open.

Project type


Scope of works

  • Funding Bid Support
  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design




Ayrshire, Scotland


2006 - 2011

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‘I like the way in which Event work with you to pull out the story – and to really understand the power that the story has.

Exhibition design isn’t all about style and cool aesthetics – it’s about poetry and theatre and magic. In Event, we found a designer who could capture both.’

Nat Edwards
Project Director

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