Penpont Heritage Centre

Welcome to Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre

Sundial Cottage

Sundial Cottage

Welcome to the Joseph Thomson 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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Exhibitions

Exhibitions

PENPONT GALA DAYS

From the early days to the Present

For the month of July the Village room in the Heritage Centre is awash with pictures and artefacts from Penpont Galas, past and present. 

The Centre is open on Saturdays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. You can also visit outwith these times by calling into the tearoom at the corner or phoning there on 01848 330880.

 

The next exhibition to start in  August is to commemorate the Great War. If you have any pictures, stories or artefacts relating to Penpont, Keir and Tynron during the War and would like to loan them for the exhibition, please contact us.

 

Further details of the exhibition will be available in due course.

 

 

 

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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