Community Ownership of the Heritage Centre

Carsphairn Heritage Centre was purpose built in 1992 to house Carsphairn Heritage Group's collection, provide space for a yearly exhibition and to provide a focus point for visitors carrying out family research.

We have started the process of transferring the ownership of Carsphairn Heritage Centre from Dumfries & Galloway Council to Carsphairn Heritage Initiative, 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 who give up their valuable time to help visitors;
  • make the Centre more environmentally friendly and more cost-effective to run by insulating and draught-proofing;
  • allow the Centre to be used by other community groups when not needed by CHI;
  • 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 will 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!

Illustration Carsphairn Heritage Centre

Update 2022: The Centre will be open for specific events over the Summer of 2022. Please keep an eye on the front page of the website for event information or check our Facebook page.