Heritage Centre Logo Vision for the Future

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Carsphairn Heritage Group has held education at the heart of our organisation.

We are now proud to announce two exciting projects that will ensure Carsphairn Heritage Group's resilience and enable us to provide heritage education for generations to come.


We wish to digitise our collection in order to:

  • make documents accessible to people wherever they are in the world;
  • make previously inaccessible material available to visitors and researchers;
  • preserve the collection and the local heritage it contains;
  • better interpret our archive and present it in an engaging manner to enhance the visitor experience.

The collection includes thousands of items and will be carried out in phases (see table below), including both volunteers and professional assistance, eventually leading to a searchable on-line database.

Phases of digitisation table

Phase 1: we were successful in applying to Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership for funding under their 'Our Heritage' Small Grants Scheme to allow us to have more difficult and fragile items professionally scanned.

Files are available via the searchable archive (see the button below), under a Creative Commons licence.

Carsphairn Archive

If you'd like to volunteer to help with document scanning, get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!

We will be hosting 'scanning parties' in the coming months; check for posters on the website front page!

Digitisation Timeline

Oct / Nov 2018

Assessed number of items to be digitised

Nov / Dec '18

Received quotes for professional digitisation of Phase 1

December '18

Applied for funding from GGLP ‘Our Heritage’ Small Grants Scheme

March '19

Funding from GGLP agreed.

March - August '19

Digitisation of Phase 1 and uploading to archive.

October '19

Start Phase 2

Summer '20

Phase 2 complete

Community Ownership of the Heritage Centre

We have started the process of transferring the ownership of Carsphairn Heritage Centre from Dumfries & Galloway Council to the Heritage Group, via the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Ownership of the Centre is vital if we are to:

  • improve the educational experience for visitors coming to the Centre and preserve our vast collection of photographs, artifacts and documents;
  • make the Centre more comfortable for our dedicated Stewards by insulating and draught-proofing;
  • allow the Centre to be used by other community groups when not needed by the Heritage Group;
  • attract a wider variety of users such as local crafts people for hosting workshops, exhibitions and educational sessions;
  • ensure the Centre remains as part of the community in changing times.

As part of our application, we have to put together a comprehensive Business Case, showing how ownership of the Centre will benefit the community and how we will make the project sustainable in future years, for example, how we will fund improvements and running costs.

If you'd like to get involved and help us with our application, get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you!

Community Ownership Timeline

January 2019

Stage 1 Application

Accepted by D&G Council

Autumn '19

Community consultation

June '20

Submit Stage 2 application including Business Case

December '20

Decision expected from D&G Council