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 World War One exhibition will continue to 25 September. The house is open each Saturday afternoon between 2.00 and 4.00pm but you can also visit outwith these times. Click here to contact us to arrange a visit.

 

In relation to our planned activity for the end of September we are disappointed to relate that Ezekiel Kotoba, Maasai Elder is unable to visit due to viza delays. However, John Hastings-Thomson will come and visit Penpont Primary and Wallacehall Primary Schools before giving a talk in the Gladstone Hall, Penpont in the evening of Friday 26 September at 7.30pm on his walk earlier in the year with Ezekiel. For further information on the walk, click here to read the article 'In his footsteps'.

 If you would like to attend the talk, please click here to contact us.

There is no charge to attend the talk, light refreshments will be available. Donations to the group can be made on the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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