Penpont Heritage Centre

About Us

The Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre is run by the the Joseph Thomson Group, a group of member volunteers from Penpont, Keir and Tynron. Originally established as The Joseph Thomson Project Steering Group in September 1998 under the auspices of Penpont Community Council, many volunteers worked hard for many years to make the dream of a Heritage Centre a reality: different members focused on building up archives, doing research on Joseph Thomson's life, securing the building, renovating the building, obtaining funding, keeping enthusiasm alive. On the 29th of April 2014 it finally all came together and the Centre was officially declared open.

The purpose of the Group is to tell the story of Joseph Thomson, Penpont's most famous son who was born in Sundial Cottage and to find a place for archives relating to Joseph and the Thomson family as well as other local heritage resources.

Sundial Cottage belongs to Buccleuch Estates and the Group has negotiated a long lease for the property.

The Joseph Thomson Group was registered as charity No. SC029176 in January 1999.

 

Currently the committee is made up as follows:

Honorary President: Sophia Harkness

Chair-person: Alison Foggie

Secretary: Sophia Harkness

Treasurer: Gladys Cuttle

Archivist:  Gladys Cuttle

Committee: Margaret Dempster

                   Linda McDonald   Web site manager

                   Marlene Marshall  Email manager

                   JoAnne McKay    Researcher

                   John McKay

                   

 

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


General

General

The Centre will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9th July to the end of August between 2pm and 4pm. It is also open by appointment for visits.  For further information about how a visit can be arranged,  please  click here to contact us. 

 

Events -

AGM Monday 30th May  2pm  All welcome

Joseph Thomson Maasai Trust Auction and Talk Staurday 28th May 2pm

Please see our events page for more information about these events, recent visits and past events.

 

 PENPONT POST OFFICE 

You can find the Post Office in the Joseph Thomson Room within the Centre on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons between 2.00 - 2.45pm.

  

INFORMATION

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

 

Group Bookings

Usually we would welcome individuals, groups and school parties. Unfortunately, at present, COVID restrictions mean that this is not possible. Please contact us discuss possible future bookings. 

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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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