About the Ellisland trust
Our mission is to celebrate and share the extraordinary story of the rural home built by Scottish National Bard Robert Burns; a story of hospitality, of an inspirational landscape and of creative talent.
The task of preserving and interpreting this important part of Scottish heritage for present and future generations inevitably comes at a cost. Like many museums and collections, we were founded on philanthropy. Today, the Trust still relies upon the generous support of donors, trusts, foundations and companies to enable us to continue our core work and to provide inspiring experiences.
Make a Donation
The Ellisland Trust does not receive any public funding and relies on income from admissions, events and donations to maintain the site. We are currently implementing a programme to improve visitor facilities, particularly to make it more appealing to our younger visitors. This includes opening up an additional 2 rooms in the historic house and adding touches which help to illustrate what daily life was like for Burns and his family. For more details of how to make a donation contact the Museum Manager.
Alternatively, you can join our Sign a Window Scheme. Burns was famous for leaving poems and his signatures on windows around Scotland. He even wrote on the windows at Ellisland, but famously sent his brother-in-law back to smash them when he moved out! For a minimum donation of £50 you can join this window writing tradition and we will display your digital signature as a sponsor. Contact the Museum Manager for more information.
Become a Museum Supporter
For just £10 a year you can become a Friend of Ellisland Farm and join a growing group of supporters who enjoy their connection to Robert Burns’ home. Friends gain free entry to the museum and exclusive information on events and special offers. For details of how to join contact us here.
Become a Patron
For an annual payment of £500 for individuals or £1,000 for businesses you can become a patron of Ellisland Museum and Farm and support the long-term future of Scots heritage at this important site. You’ll receive VIP invites to a range of events, with the opportunity for exclusive access to the site and to build a special relationship with the Trust. For further information contact Sue Hughes.