Burns Scotland collections are cared for by a network of
museums, libraries, galleries, archives and other bodies; the main
custodians of Burns heritage in Scotland. These bodies formed
the National Burns Collection Partnership in 2008, although the
NBCP relies on a much wider affiliation of organisations and
individuals to coordinate access to, and facilitate the
preservation of, a distributed collection of national
The NBCP grew out of a project called The Distributed National
Burns Collections Project (November 2003-March 2005), a 16-month
Museums Galleries Scotland Strategic Change Fund initiative which
sought to encourage those organisations in Scotland holding
Burns-related artifacts to work in partnership to improve access
to, and stewardship of, the distributed national collection.
Burns Scotland is made up of priceless manuscripts, books,
relics, art and memorabilia, which help shine light on the person
and work of Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns.
The Burns Scotland Partnership works together to tackle
challenges such as improving conservation and documentation of the
distributed collection, increasing access for different audiences,
and realising the enormous learning potential of collections
relating to Robert Burns.