Burns Monument Centre

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.

The Burns Monument Centre is a shared venue between East Ayrshire Leisure, East Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire Archives. The local and family history collections - newspapers, maps, pamphlets, historic photographs and books, and periodicals printed in and around the locale, cared for by East Ayrshire Leisure, encompass the people, places and events of Ayrshire’s past. Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to visit the Local History Service at the Centre either by dropping in, or by phoning to make an appointment on 01563 553654.

Our experienced staff facilitate the use of the Service by local groups to reminisce on days gone by, or in the research of information for specific projects. If you are part of a group and would like to make use of our Local and Family History collections within a more structured context please call us on 01563 553654.

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 Ayrshire's past.


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. T 01563 576695/6



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