Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

This week we took a trip to the picturesque town of Alloway in South Ayrshire. We visited the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and enjoyed a workshop in the Burns’ family cottage. Our workshop, entitled Sonsie Scrivers, allowed us to investigate poetic devices including alliteration, similes, onomatopoeia and rhyming couplets. We would like to thank Susannah’s mum and Jennifer’s mum for helping us out on the trip.

Warming up for our visit inside the cottage.
Warming up for our visit inside the cottage.
Waggling oor fingirs!
Waggling oor fingirs!
Learning the rules of the cottage....1, 2, 3.
Learning the rules of the cottage….1, 2, 3.
The living space was cosy but cramped.
The living space was cosy but cramped.
The bed space in the living room
The bed space in the living room
Artefacts in the living room.
Artefacts in the living room.
Burns was inspired by the songs and stories told around the fire.
Burns was inspired by the songs and stories told around the fire.
The fireplace in the living room.
The fireplace in the living room.
I know, I know!
I know, I know!
The crib where Robert and his siblings slept as babies.
The crib where Robert and his siblings slept as babies.
Jennifer and Elissa working on their rhyming couplets.
Jennifer and Elissa working on their rhyming couplets.
In the room where Robert Burns received lessons.
In the room where Robert Burns received lessons.
The byre - Burns' family kept livestock and made butter and cheese.
The byre – Burns’ family kept livestock and made butter and cheese.
Ella churning butter in the Byre of Burns' cottage.
Ella churning butter in the Byre of Burns’ cottage.
The Auld Kirk - the eerie setting for Burns' famous tale of Tam O'Shanter.
The Auld Kirk – the eerie setting for Burns’ famous tale of Tam O’Shanter.
Bill was our guide. He took us on the path travelled by Tam O'Shanter on that fateful night.
Bill was our guide. He took us on the path travelled by Tam O’Shanter on that fateful night.
An ode written by Robert Burns to his father William.
An ode written by Robert Burns to his father William.
Investigating the cemetery at The Auld Kirk.
Investigating the cemetery at The Auld Kirk.