Thursday, 5 March 2009

Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock set to open

The following is an announcement from the new Burns Monument Centre:

The Burns Monument Centre in the Kay Park, Kilmarnock, is a unique ground-breaking development in Scotland.

The centre, which opens its doors to the public on Monday 16 March 2009, houses registrars, librarians, archivists and resources under one roof for the the very first time creating a first class facility for family and local history researchers. Digital Imaging of the Genelaogical Records of Scotland's People (DIGROS) online service allows viewers to access the full range of family research tools including births, deaths and marriages in Scotland from 1855 and the Old Parish registers from 1553-1854.

In another first for Scotland, the centre also houses the only three dimensional digitised representation of Burns' most famous work, 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect', which was published in Kilmarnock by printer John Wilson in 1786. This allows visitors to see the Kilmarnock edition exactly as it was printed. This project was developed in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland.

Set in the 30 acre Kay Park the centre also makes a beautiful venue for weddings and other special ceremonies, including civil partnerships and naming ceremonies. The Robert Burns suite can take up to 85 guests and the courtyard, which houses the original Burns statue from 1879, makes an ideal location for photographs.

I'll be attending a media launch for the new centre within the next few days, and will post pics and a review when I return - good to see such a great resource finally up and running just down the road from me!

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