Penpont Heritage Centre

Welcome to Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre

Sundial Cottage

Sundial Cottage

Welcome to the Penpont Local Heritage Centre. The Centre has been developed jointly by the communities of Penpont, Keir and Tynron to commemorate the life of Joseph Thomson, a Victorian explorer of Africa, who was born in this cottage in 1858. 

The Centre also celebrates the culture of the local communities represented and tells visitors about many of the other attractions of mid-Nithsdale. In addition, the Centre provides community facilities for family and local history research, education and training, events and exhibitions.


Penpont

Penpont

Small village noted as the birthplace of African explorer, Joseph Thomson.

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Keir

Keir

Tiny hamlet, squat, Georgian church and footpath to grave of Kirkpatrick MacMillan, inventor of the pedal-driven bicycle.  

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Tynron

Tynron

Unspoilt hamlet, picturesque church and Covenanter’s grave.

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Exhibition & Events

Exhibition & Events

The Centre will open on Saturday, 26 March for the 2016 season. It will be open each weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, 2.00 - 4.00pm until Sunday, 25 September.

From 1st July, 2016 we have a small exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the Nithsdale men who lost their lives fighting for their King and country in 1916.

 

PENPONT HISTORY WALK - Saturday 30 July 2016 starting at 2.00pm  from Penpont Church, finishing at the Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre with afternoon tea. The walk is being led by our chairperson, Mrs Sophia Harkness who has a wealth of knowledge of village places and personalities. For further information, please contact Sophia on 01848 330411. 

Come along and find out about Penpont past and present. Normal walking footwear suggested and probably rain jackets - you never know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Group Bookings

We welcome individuals, groups and school parties. Please contact us to arrange your booking.

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Become a Friend

Become a Friend

Would you like to help this Centre continue and flourish?

If YES you could:

1. Become a member.

2. Donate/loan materials to our archives.

3. Help fund running costs by becoming a friend.

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