Credit: Wikipedia - Robert Burns.

Credit: Wikipedia – Robert Burns.

Emma Claesson

The Hunterian Museum will welcome guests to Night at the Museum: Extending Burns Heritage later this month on the evening of 27 January.

At the end of December, many people linked arms and sang Auld Lang Syne as a way of closing the year. A month later and it is the annual celebration of the author of these lyrics, as Scots come together to remember their national poet, Robert Burns.

Visitors to this event will experience live performances, dynamic light installations, pop-up museum object handling, a pop-up shop and food and drinks.

Burns Night celebrations take place every year on or around January 25th, the author’s birthday.

Burns Night festivities usually feature all things Scottish: haggis, whiskey and kilts, accompanied by the recitation of Burns’ most beloved poetry. In cities throughout Scotland however, events are usually arranged for those who wish to commemorate the day with something special.

In addition to the museum’s extensive collections, the Hunterian will be displaying manuscripts and other archaeological findings pertaining to Burns which have been unearthed in the last 10 years. This event aims pay tribute to Robert Burns and highlight his importance to Scottish history and the literary world in a unique way.

This event will be a chance for people from all backgrounds to immerse themselves in Scottish culture in Scotland’s oldest public museum.

The University of Glasgow in cooperation with Scotland’s Winter Festivals 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology welcomes people of all ages and interests to actively acquaint themselves with the man considered to be the pioneer of the Romantic Movement and the forerunner for liberalism and socialism.

The celebration will run from 7pm until 10pm and admission is free. However, the event is ticketed and must be booked in advance through Eventbrite.