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Hand to the Plough

Start Date: 04 September 2018

End Date: 31 October 2018

Time: 10am - 5pm

Venue: Museum at The Mill

Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns was primarily a songwriter and collector, writing a body of over 400 songs.  The influence of his legacy is felt particularly in Ulster, where his work and life in Ayrshire, bore strong comparisons to life in Ulster during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  It is clear this affinity with the poet was also evident in the mid Antrim area.  Shaped by the migration of Lowland Scots into Ulster during the Plantation period, local rural communities espoused cultural, religious and linguistic links with Scotland voiced by a distinctive rural poets known collectively as the rhyming weavers.

‘Robert Burns: Hand to the Plough’ is a touring exhibition by the Mid-Antrim Heritage Partnership (Mid and East Antrim with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils) to mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in association with The Linen Hall Library, Belfast and the Ulster University.