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Alex Salmond: Every child should see the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

25th January 2011

The Scottish government wants every schoolchild in the country to visit iconic cultural sites such as the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

In a Burns Day message from the newly-opened museum in Ayrshire, first minister Alex Salmond announced that the Heritage Education Travel Subsidy Scheme will be increased to £150,000, a rise of almost 20 per cent, to help with this.

Through the initiative, schools can receive support with their transport costs when visiting any of Historic Scotland's properties in care, the National Trust for Scotland locations in Bannockburn, Culloden and Alloway, and the New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Focusing on the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Mr Salmond noted that it cost GBP 21 million to develop but claimed the investment is justified, even in the current economic climate.

'Not only will it quickly become one of the great tourist attractions in Scotland, but our ambition is that every schoolchild in the country will have the opportunity to visit and be touched by Robert Burns,' he commented.

Last week, the Scottish government announced that poet and playwright Liz Lochhead will become the country's new Makar, after Mr Salmond said the Good Things author is 'everything a nation would want from its national poet'.
 

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