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 has closed for the season and will re-open Easter 2017. If you would like to visit before then, please click here to contact us to arrange a suitable time.

Saturday, 1 October 2016 sees the launch of The Joseph Thomson Maasai Trust which has been set up by family and descendants of Joseph, primarly to link with the Olakiri Le Maa Trust in Kenya organised  by Ezekiel Katato, Maasai Elder. This trust organises Treks 'in the footsteps of Joseph Thomson'  and both trusts are keen to develop cultural links and support young people in both countries.

The Launch is to take place at 2.30pm on Saturday 1 October, 2016 within Penpont Church. As well as the launch there will be entertainment from local musicians and singers and some afternoon tea. Everbody welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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