In December 2021 the Linen Hall Library celebrated the 120-year acquisition of one of its most important archives – the Gibson Collection of Burns and Burnsiana – with a week-long online homage to Andrew Gibson, the man behind the phenomenal collection. The online series of events was funded by the Ulster-Scots Agency. Below is an introductory video. To view the full week-long series click here.
Former Linen Hall governor and Burns collector Andrew Gibson is the man responsible in large part for the archive that is one of the largest, and most important, outside of Scotland.
What is the Gibson Collection?
The Linen Hall Library’s Gibson Collection is one of the largest collections of material relating to Robert Burns outside of Scotland. Andrew Gibson, a former Governor of the Library amassed the incredible archive, which includes rare publications and items donated by the Burns family. In 1901, the Linen Hall Library acquired the collection for the city of Belfast, and 120 years later, it remains as impressive and important as ever.