Many people will have heard of the philanthropic bequest of Boyd Tunnock towards the founding of a Lifelong Learning Unit within the headquarters of the RBWF in Kilmarnock.

This will be a key development in meeting the Federation’s aim of spreading knowledge and an understanding of Burns works across the globe.

Since it’s establishment in 1885, The Federation has been the official organisation representing over 100,000 Burnsians in every part of the world. With the technology available today, as has been recently demonstrated by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay, joining our Burns Supper, we are presented with a fantastic opportunity to deliver, at pace, that knowledge and understanding of Burns works to individuals, schools and colleges across the world.

There will be three aspects to the Learning Unit: the Library of books on Burns and other Scots writers, an educational resource and a digital presence.

You can help with all aspects of this project, by giving a donation, adding books to the library, see the attached list, or helping with educational resources and to support the digital resource as it develops. To donate to the project email

Download the 'book wish list'