World Book Day is a UNESCO designated worldwide celebration of books and reading. As these are two of my favourite things, I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you a quick overview of museums in Scotland with a literary connection.
There are a number of places with a Burns connection, including the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Burns House (Dumfries), Burns House Museums (Mauchline) and the Robert Burns Centre (Dumfries). It’s not all about the Bard though.
The Glasgow Women’s Library has works by a whole range of women writers, not only fiction and poetry.
Brownsbank Cottage, Biggar, was the home of the poet Hugh Macdiarmid and his wife Valda. It has been restored to the way it was during their stay. Writers-in-residence have included Matthew Fitt and James Robertson.
Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Edinburgh, has connections with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who studied medicine in Edinburgh. Joseph Bell, former teacher of Conan Doyle and the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, went on to become President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.