It’s Burns Night tonight!
Our current round of activities runs alongside our winter exhibition on John Muir and Robert Burns. The two Scots writers had lots in common.
- developed a love of reading from an early age. Muir aged 15 ‘became hungry for knowledge’ and started reading ‘all sorts of books’ and young Rabbie always carried a book with him!
- kept journals and commonplace books
- discovered a nest of fieldmice
- were farming from a very young age
- grew up in cultures of writing, singing, and story-telling
- visited Lauderdale House and gardens in Dunbar
- were pioneering, ahead of their time in many ways
- were humane and respectful towards the natural world
- had a female champion and mentor – Muir had Jeanne Carr and Burns had Frances Anna Dunlop.
Why not pop in this weekend and have a go at making a robin bookmark and learn a bit more about what robins meant to John Muir?
Thanks to the parents of this wee visitor for giving us permission to share the photo on social media.
Or have a go at writing your own Scots poem! Our brilliant Museum Assistants have come up with a creative task using ‘To A Mouse’ as inspiration.