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.

The Group's Mission Statement is:

"the preservation of the legacy of the Victorian African explorer, Joseph Thomson and the local heritage of Penpont, Keir and Tyrnon for everyone to learn from and enjoy".

The aim of the Group is to preserve and maintain Sundial Cottage, to tell the story of Joseph Thomson's life and legacy as well as being the Local Heritage Centre for the communities of Penpont, Keir and Tynron.

 

If you would like to make a donation to the Group, please click here  to contact us. Thank you.


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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General

General

The Centre will open for the 2017 season at East weekend, Saturday 15 April and will be open Saturdays and Sundays thereafter until the end of September. If you wish to come to the centre at other times, we are very happy to arrange a suitable time. Click here to contact us.

 

Information

 If you are looking for any heritage information please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

EVENT! We are organising a nature and history walk around Keir on Sunday 23 July 2017, starting from the Village Hall at 1.20pm. This walk is being led by Hugh Buck, who is the secretary of the Group, ably supported by Sophia Harkness. The walk will go down to Courthill, along to Scaurbank and back to Keir along the river. If you want you can join the walk in Keir. There should be some interesting information. We will return to the Hall for afternoon tea and a look at some photos, old and new of Keir. Donations to assist in the running of the Local Heritage Centre will be gratefully received. Come along. If you want to book a place, please contact Sophia on 01848 330411, Hugh on 01848 330933 or Maureen on 01848 331529. You can contact us by e-mail by clicking here.

 

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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