Resource centre to become Burns Museum
IRVINE Burns Club is set to take over one of the town’s historical buildings.
The Glasgow Vennel local and family history centre will be moving to a brand new base in Saltcoats.
And now, Irvine Burns Club, with support from North Ayrshire Council and the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company look set to take it over.
The Glasgow Vennel centre was the place Robert Burns learned his flax trade.
A spokesman for North Ayrshire Council said: “The operation of The Vennel - with its historic links to Robert Burns will be the subject of a feasibility study to investigate the possibility of the venue being run by Irvine Burns Club and utilised as a writers’ museum.
“The Council, in partnership with Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, will support the Burns Club in seeking funding and expertise to investigate the proposal.
“The Council also hopes to work with Irvine Bay to develop the museum building and incorporate both the new heritage centre and writers' museum into future heritage trails.”
The new North Ayrshire resource centre, to be based at Saltcoats Museum from next month, will house local and family history and archive facilities.
Visitors and researchers have previously had to travel between The Local and Family History Centre and Archive at The Vennel in Irvine and Saltcoats Museum to get a full picture of the history of the area.
Now they will be able to have all the information under one roof.
Specialist staff and documents from the Ayrshire Archives Centre will also be available at the new centre, providing archive workshops for the public and for volunteers.
The Local and Family History Centre and Archive in The Vennel will close this Saturday, September 18.
Dr Audrey Sutton, Information and Culture Manager for North Ayrshire Council, said: “Visitors to the museum and family history centre often look for as much information as they can get.
“Having all of these services under one roof will allow the Council to provide an innovative, cohesive and all-encompassing range of services.”