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.

 

Exhibition for the Waterloo Bicentenary, throughout June and July:

Soldiers from Dumfries and Galloway at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, June 1815

With biographies on the men involved, images, information on the battles and a reconstruction of the battlefield at Waterloo.

 

Also throughout July, a small special exhibit:

Company Sergeant Major Frederick Sinclair, 1868 -1915

He was the first child born in Sundial Cottage after Joseph Thomson, and died in the First World War.

 

For Sunday the 26th of July we are organising a sponsored walk:

Walking in Joseph Thomson's Footsteps. From Sundial Cottage to Crichope Linn, 10.5 miles

If you wish to join in, please sign up at the Post Office/Tearoom in Penpont, or email us at  info@penpontheritage.co.uk. Alternatively, put your name down to sponsor someone!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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