The centre tells the story of the Scottish Bard’s final years in the market town of Dumfries. Best known for poems such as ‘The Jolly Beggars’ (1786) and ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ (1791), the Bard’s story is told through original manuscripts and belongings, a scale model of 1790s Dumfries and an audio-visual presentation. Situated in an 18th-century watermill, on the banks of the River Nith, at night the centre transforms into a film theatre screening everything from foreign language films, to Hollywood blockbusters, to documentaries, animation and short films.

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