Ellisland is now a video game!
‘Explore Ellisland’ was launched last month in a blaze of media coverage. The trust worked with Glasgow University to recreate the farm in the game Minecraft. We hope this will encourage children to enjoy the work of Robert Burns from home and also visit the museum to see the farm in real life!
241 million children and young people play the popular video game every month. The game is all about creativity and adventure, which makes the game the perfect foundation for our Robert Burns Ellisland Farm themed version.
South of Scotland Destination Alliance, the area’s tourism marketing agency, funded the video game project to encourage younger visitors to enjoy literary destinations. Ellisland won the opportunity by competing against several heritage attractions.
Minecraft Ellisland features virtual books that allow players to read the poetry and songs Burns wrote here. Players can also listen to a full length recording of Tam o Shanter, and hear our board member Emily Smith sing an exclusive version of Auld Lang Syne. They can even interact with characters depicting Jean Armour and Robert Burns in Scots – a first in the game. As well as the guided play, the players can freely walk around the farm and experience Ellisland as it was in 1790 when Burns was there.
The University’s Gaming Lab and students from the Minecraft Society built Minecraft Ellisland. You can download the game from our website.