El­lis­land ap­peal’s an­tiques road­show fundraiser

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Fundrais­ing for the cam­paign to turn El­lis­land – the home of Robert Burns – into a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion will get a boost on Tues­day.

Dum­fries an­tiques ex­pert Sy­belle Thom­son is host­ing a mini an­tiques road­show and sale at the farm near Auld­girth which was gifted to the na­tion “for the con­tem­pla­tion of the life and works” of the Bard.

The house, farm build­ings, land and a col­lec­tion of 150 items which be­longed to the poet – hailed as “one of the world’s most im­por­tant col­lec­tions of Burns trea­sures” – are man­aged by the El­lis­land Trust.

From 2pm to 4pm on Tues­day the pub­lic can go along to El­lis­land with their own trea­sures to get them val­ued for a small fee.

The pro­ceeds from the view­ing will go to the Friends of El­lis­land for the mu­seum and its ac­tiv­i­ties.

Event or­gan­iser Mau­reen Mil­ton said: “We are so de­lighted that Sy­belle and Thom­son Rod­dick are sup­port­ing us this year and we hope to see lots of items at El­lis­land next Tues­day.”

There will also be a col­lecta­bles ta­ble top sale on the day with tea and cof­fee served.

Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Stu­art Cochrane said: “We are hop­ing for a good turn out for the val­u­a­tion event and Sy­belle is look­ing for­ward to see­ing lots of weird and won­der­ful items and also shar­ing their sto­ries.

“We have been do­nated all kinds of items for the ta­ble top sale and thank ev­ery­one for their gen­eros­ity. No El­lis­land items are go­ing on sale as they are owned by the na­tion.”

The trust is cur­rently work­ing with a team of ad­vis­ers to de­velop the site, open more of it to the pub­lic and un­lock its po­ten­tial as a ma­jor vis­i­tor at­trac­tion for the re­gion.

All set Stu­art Cochrane and Mau­reen Mil­ton at El­lis­land Farm

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