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 enthousiasm 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 Group is a registered charity, No. SC029176.


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



The Centre will open for the season on Saturday 7th April 2018, 2.00 - 4.00pm.  We will only be open on Saturdays during the season until further notice. We are happy to invite you to contact us to arrange a suitable time for a visit at other times. 


You can find the Post Office in the Joseph Thomson Room within the Centre on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons between 2.00 - 4.00pm.





We are pleased to have the Joseph Thomson Maasai Trust and the Olakira Le Maa Trust join our website. These new pages are: 

JT Maasai Trust

The Walk

The Olakira Le Maa Trust



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



We are planning to show some of the local films made by our Chairperson, Sophia Harkness during March 2018 and are also planning a talk by Hugh Buck, our secretary on his time in Kenya in the 60s. this will be introduced by Sophia.  Please check out the Forthcoming Events page for further information by clicking here.

Group Bookings

We welcome individuals, groups and school parties. Please contact us to arrange your booking.

Click here to Contact Us...

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.

Click here to contact us....

Website by Creative Station