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College & University

Here at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum we aim to support your studies in facts on Robert Burns and a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

We can support you with free use of our Reference Library, which holds our collection of books and periodicals dating from 1859; supervised access to our book collection dating from 1759 to 1858; pre-arranged supervised access to manuscripts not on display and objects from the RBBM store.

To arrange access to the Research Library and Museum Collection please contact the RBBM Curator on 0844 493 2601.

  • Are you between 18 and 30 and interested in pursuing a career in heritage education?

RBBM offers three voluntary Heritage Property Assistant positions through the Project Scotland scheme. If you are interested in applying please follow this link or call 01292 430315 for more information.


  • For graduates wishing to pursue a career in a museum or heritage environment we also offer internships within RBBM’s Learning Dept.

Please read Kirsty's account of her time here and if it sounds like something you'd be interested in, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call 01292 430315.

Meet Kirsty Pattison

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Kirsty applied to RBBM’s Learning Manager to be an intern.  Whilst reading History at UCL, Kirsty developed a passion for working in museum education.  She volunteered at the British Museum, and on completing her degree applied to RBBM for an internship in museum education.

Why did you apply for an internship at RBBM?

Whilst looking for jobs in the heritage and museum industry I found that experience was a vital requirement. This is exactly what the RBBM internship offers, active learning allowing you to gain hands on experience in the area you want to work.

What does your internship involve?

I work closely with the Learning Manager helping to brainstorm activity and workshop ideas, as well as attending CPD’s, workshops and training. I have represented the RBBM at various school and council networking events, and I have researched a variety subjects. I will soon be shadowing and running the educational workshops. So no day is the same and there is always something new to learn!

How will you benefit from this internship?

At the end of my 10 month placement I hope to have gained the necessary skills and experience to pursue a career or go onto further study in the Museum sector. I would say it is the perfect way to gain invaluable knowledge and insight into this area of work.

What do you enjoy about being an intern?

Most importantly the team here at RBBM are all very open and enthusiastic and working with such friendly people means their passion is definitely contagious! My understanding of different jobs within the museum and heritage industry has grown substantially and the staff are always willing to help and speak to you. The RBBM offers many different fun family days, such as Halloween and Easter events, in which the staff all get involved, so I can’t wait to learn the lines, dress up and throw myself in!

To find out more about what is involved in being an intern, contact RBBM’s Learning Manager on

Tel: 01292 430 315 Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it