Rare Burns items go on show at Mitchell Library for Doors Open Day
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Rare Burns items go on show at Mitchell Library for Doors Open Day

Many of Glasgow’s best loved and most used public buildings are planning something special for Doors Open Days 2017. Among the opportunities on offer is the chance to view some of Glasgow’s world renowned collection of Robert Burns works including some signed and handwritten documents that are rarely on display. 

The Special Collections team at The Mitchell Library has put together a must visit series of events for every fan of the work of Robert Burns and anyone with an interest in Scottish history. Three autographed manuscripts including of Auld Lang Syne, Ye Banks and Braes and the Ordination, the last surviving letter written in Scots by Burns to William Nicol and an annotated copy of the Kilmarnock edition will all be displayed from 10am to 3pm on Saturday September 16. There will also be family fun by Scriever Rab Wilson who will entertain 5 to 11 year olds in Scots at 10.30am, followed by a talk on the city’s world-renowned Robert Burns Collection by one of the Special Collections librarians at 2.00pm.

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald, said: “Glasgow's Doors Open Days is a week-long celebration of events, walks and talks and venues throwing open their doors and encouraging people to take a look. The jammed-packed programme offers a rare opportunity to see inside stunning buildings or discover the unusual work that often goes on there. 

“Glasgow’s Robert Burns Collection is renowned as one of the best in the world. Like many others, the Mitchell Library is embracing the theme of History, Heritage and Archaeology and providing a unique opportunity to see four autographed manuscripts and a rare Kilmarnock 1st Edition book by one of Scotland’s most famous sons, displayed together for the first time. We think this will generate a huge amount of interest and like all of the Doors Open Day events encourage Glaswegians and visitors into the city to explore some of its many treasures this weekend.”

Kelvingrove Bandstand Open Day will be held on Saturday September 16 with the chance to see behind the scenes of one of Glasgow’s best loved venues and enjoy a very special performance from the Maxwell Quartet at 2pm. Opening between 10am and 4pm there are also two talks at 11am and 3.30pm.  

Explore 29 years of Tramway’s history as an arts venue, with backstage tours, a drop-in workshop and a chance to delve into our archive on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September. We are also collecting visitors’ stories: tell us your tales of Tramway! Whilst you are here, why not explore the whole site? Our friend and neighbour The Hidden Gardens will be offering hourly tours from 1.30-5.30pm on Saturday 16 September, with an exhibition in the Boilerhouse. www.tramway.org

The Gallery of Modern Art has an ongoing exhibition exploring the history of one of Glasgow’s oldest landmark buildings called Stones Steeped in History. Build a mini portcullis or explore how Charles Rennie MacIntosh was influenced by castles at Scotland Street School Museum on 16 and 17 September. Scotland Street also has Horrible Heedie tours running at 1.30pm from September 12 to September 15. Glasgow Museums Resource Centre has tours on Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17th which should be booked in advance. 

For more details on these please visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk\museums

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