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 is open every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from the Easter Weekend until mid-September.

 

Currently on display, apart from the permanent Joseph Thomson exhibit, are artefacts from the three villages from church and commercial life of the past.

 

Films and presentations are available to view on subjects as widely ranging as haymaking in the past, the Gala, and walking in Africa in the footsteps of Joseph Thomson.

 

A wealth of information from the archives held in the Centre can also be perused.

 

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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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