Here at RBBM the ‘Bard’s Babes’ (a.k.a the Learning Team) have just finished the cleanup operation following the Burns Heid Inn, on Saturday 16th May. The event, which celebrated the cottage’s history as a Victorian pub, was in association with Festival of Museums and Museums at Night and was a lot of fun!
There was lots for us to do before hand though. First, the Learning Interns organised for local story tellers, performers and a local band to come along and perform during the event. They also had the difficult task of organising the pub quiz! This included creating five rounds covering everything from Burns to sport and pop culture for a mixed audience. It can be a difficult balance to strike.
We like to source local products for our events, and where else would be better than the Aryshire Brewing Co! We ordered the beautiful Scaur O’Doon Summer Ale, and the Jolly Beggars – both went down a treat on the night!
Once the beer was taken care of we needed to think about the food. Thankfully, RBBM’s wonderful chef Rebecca made us some amazing Haggis and Veggie Haggis pies. Of course we also had the very popular Killie Pies too – none of these lasted long out of the oven.
On the day we arrived in sunshine to set up the cottage and Education Pavilion. We spent a few happy hours turning our classrooms into a beer hall. One of our Learning Interns bemused some tourists by wearing a tiara she had found – it didn’t help she was also carrying a giant plastic rat (there was a reason for the latter!).
A key part of the evening involves the Learning Team dressing up in historic costume! It really gets the team into the spirit of the event.
The evening got off to a great start with beautiful live music from the Twa Dugs in our barn. As visitors worked their way through the cottage they also met Rosie, from Rosie’s Stories, who enthralled visiors with superstitious folk tales in the Byre. From there the Mad Poets, Robert and Alex, had the people in the Spence in raucous laughter with their song: ‘The Ghost Chickens in the Sky.’ Finally we had Mhairi, our Learning and Social Media Intern, taking on the role of Flora Hastings: the Burns Heid Inn landlady.
The sunny evening was relaxed and people could mill over to the pavilion for more beer and those wonderful pies! With very few spillages and lots of fun the evening was a success! But don’t worry the Burns Heid Inn will reopen its doors again in the future. Museums at Night and Festival of Museum will be running across the UK again on Friday 30 – Saturday 31 October 2015 check out their website for more details.