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Thursday31 July 2014

Simpson & Brown's Burns Museum opens

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Simpson & Brown’s £21 million new museum celebrating the life of Scotland’s national poet has opened.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway will feature more than 5,000 artefacts, including original manuscripts written by Burns.

It replaces the Burns National Heritage Park which was kept open during the six years it took to build its replacement. It will be part of the National Trust for Scotland portfolio.

The ventilation design drawn up by engineer Buro Happold adopts “earth tubes” which are buried 2m below ground. These draw in fresh air and transfer energy from the ground to provide pre-cooling and heating for the variable air volume ventilation system. Ground source heat pumps have been bored 100m into the ground.

Local wood and stone are used in the main building, while the building’s carbon footprint is reduced by encasing all sensitive exhibits in airtight cases.

The museum will officially open on January 22 to coincide with Alloway’s Burns weekend.

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