The exhibition is about the works and lives of the three well-known Scottish writers Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s situated in the historic Lady Stair’s House which was built in 1622 in the Old Town. With its spiral staircase and nicely decorated rooms, this old, tiny house is the perfect environment to present these three authors who all died over a hundred years ago and influenced Scottish culture and literature.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) became famous for his historical novels; especially his book Waverley. Robert Burns (1759-1796) wrote poems during the time of Romanticism and spread and fostered the Scottish accent. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) probably is best known for his novels The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. For his stories, Scottish landscapes and settings were a source of inspiration.
In the museum, each floor is devoted to one of the authors. In small rooms and cabinets, documents, books or personal items such as the writing desk of Robert Burns, Scott’s chess set and Stevenson’s boots are displayed. Hence, visitors do not only learn something about the author’s biography, but also about the time they lived in and its influence on their writing.