Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Conservation storage, equipment and display specialist Conservation By Design (CXD) has won a contract to supply display showcases for the new £21 million Robbie Burns Birthplace Museum at Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway, Ayrshire.

2009 marks the 250th anniversary of Burns' birth, and the National Trust for Scotland has begun a major redevelopment of the Burns National Heritage Park including construction of a new museum, which will house what is the most important Burns collection in the world.

Conservation By Design will supply 27 individually designed showcases for the museum, which is described as the largest and most ambitious project the National Trust for Scotland has ever undertaken. Work is now underway on site, with the new facilities expected to open in summer 2010.

Bill Fyfe, at the National Trust for Scotland, said: “Burns is central to the life and culture of the nation and he is widely regarded as a Scottish icon. The new Robbie Burns Birthplace Museum will safeguard the place of his birth and create a fantastic new facility during this very special ‘Year of Homecoming’.

“We have used Conservation By Design’s conservation products previously within other projects, so appreciate the quality of items they supply. I have no doubt they will help us create a fitting tribute to Scotland’s National Bard.”

Conservation By Design has a wealth of experience delivering showcases to such prestigious institutions as the Kelvingrove in Glasgow, National Museums Liverpool and the National Museum of Ireland.

Denise Troughton, marketing manager for Conservation By Design, said: “We are proud to be working with National Trust for Scotland on a project of such national significance. Our experience on similar projects makes us perfectly placed to provide a comprehensive storage solution which will help preserve the Burns legacy for generations to come.”

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