Burns Monument Centre

We are a unique venue for archive, local and family history services, educational and cultural events. Our vast collections and staff expertise make the Centre an essential destination for anyone with an interest in East Ayrshire’s heritage. Individuals, groups, and organisations are welcome to visit the Local History Service at the Centre during opening hours. To make an appointment please call the Local History desk on 01563 553654.

At our heart is W. G. Stevenson’s statue of Robert Burns, which was the centrepiece of the original Kilmarnock Monument unveiled in 1879 in the Kay Park. Much of the original monument was destroyed by fire in 2004 but the statue survived. The remains of the monument were restored and incorporated into the new custom-built Centre in 2009.

We hold major collections of printed material on Ayrshire and Robert Burns, official and non-official archives of the area, and comprehensive family history resources. We work closely with East Ayrshire Council Registration Services to deliver an outstanding family history service, with access to Scotland’s People records from 1513 to the present day.

Burns Monument Centre, Kay Park

Kilmarnock, KA3 7RU

Tel: 01563 553654

Monday – 9 - 5pm

Tuesday – 9 – 5pm

Wednesday – 9 - 5pm

Thursday – 9 – 5pm

Friday – 9 – 4pm

Saturday – Closed

Sunday - Closed


(Note for enquiries - BMC Local History stock is searchable on the library catalogue.)


Archives are accessible on Wednesdays, by appointment via Ayrshire Archives (archives@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or 01292 521819)


The building as a whole (Registration) is open normal council opening hours i.e. Monday – Thursday 9 – 5 and Friday 9 – 4.

Scotland’s People is by appointment, contact the Registrar on 01563 576695/6 for information on Scotland’s People access.



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