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In 2015 Dunscore Parish Church commissioned a Condition Survey of the church and, to coincide with the necessary repairs, it was decided to establish a Heritage Centre within the Church to celebrate the long distinguished history of Dunscore Church, the village of Dunscore (and surrounding areas) and of course local heroine Jane Haining. The survey can be viewed here.

A timeline of the Church repairs and Heritage Centre creation

03rd July 2015

Heritage Lottery Fund awarded

A letter is received from the Heritage Lottery Fund confirming our application for funds has been successful. Colin and Jannie with the Heritage Lottery Fund award letter – they look pleased!
03rd September 2015

Church is surveyed

The first investigations are under way in the church.  A hole was opened above the pulpit to check for water damage.  Fortunately, the damage was not as great as was feared.
10th September 2015

Joseph Thomson Heritage Centre visit

Some of the Heritage Centre Group visit the Joseph Thomson Heritage Centre in Penpont so learn from their experiences when they set it up recently.
11th September 2015

Jane Haining plaque

Historic Scotland announce that they are to install a plaque in Dunscore Church to the memory of Jane Haining.  You can read more about this here.
12th September 2015

Audio Visual Expert visits

We had a visit from an audio visual expert to explain and provide costs for possible display systems.
01st December 2015

Heritage Group meeting

The Heritage History Group met today.  Some amazing artifacts were brought along Including a tax return during the period of window taxes.
06th December 2015

Church alteration plans

The meeting to discuss plans to alter the interior of the church is well attended.  Rebecca Cadie made a presentation on the alternatives and there were many views expressed.
16th December 2015

Church Board meeting

The Board meets to consider the proposed alterations to the interior of the church.
18th December 2015

Heritage Group meeting

The Heritage Project Group meets to review progress and to decide on the next steps.
12th January 2016

Heritage Group meeting

While the Heritage History Group focussed on the information needed to complete the HLF documents this evening, we were fascinated by a 200 year old document relating to the Dunscore Farmers’ Society brought along by Roy. 
26th January 2016

Heritage Group meeting

The Heritage History Group meets to discuss displays in the heritage centre.  Also there were many, some very old, parish records to be examined for interesting information.
23rd May 2016

Garfield Weston Foundation grant

We are delighted to have received a grant from Garfield Weston Foundation!
23rd June 2016

BDS Digital meeting

Nicky from BDS Digital based at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries came to meet some of the project team to discuss interpretation boards, digital interaction, leaflets and more.
11th July 2016

Tender documents prepared

The tender documents for the work on the church have been prepared by our Conservation Architect. The documents have now been approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund so will be circulated to five contractors who will be asked to tender for the work. This process should be complete in approximately one month.
02nd August 2016

Dumfries Museum visit

Members of the Heritage History Group visited Dumfries Library yesterday to find out what resources that they held there.  The group was amazed by the material available and the kindness and support on offer!  A really useful visit!
15th November 2016

Church of Scotland documents

The Church of Scotland announce that they have discovered a box of documents and photographs relating to Jane Haining.  These include her will (handwritten in 1942), a report from the Reformed Church in Hungary about how Bishop, Laszlo Ravasz,  tried to intervene with the Hungarian authorities to try and get Jane Haining released from prison before she was moved out to Auschwitz. In the document he remembers that she was so committed to being in Hungary that she declared that she ‘would stick to my post no matter what’,”.  She died in Auschwitz in 1944 aged 47.
20th November 2016

Scottish Parliament motion

Following the recent discovery of documents and artefacts relating to Jane Haining, Oliver Mundell MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising and praising her sacrifice. 
07th October 2016

Heritage Lottery Fund progress

The heritage project group has just submitted the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the second round of funding. This is to carry out the repair work and internal alterations. It may take more than a month for them to consider the application. The architect has selected the preferred contractor, Wm Waugh and Sons, but we will not be in a position to agree the contract until we know if we have been successful in the application.
20th October 2016

Heritage Group meeting

The Heritage History Group meets up. There has been some fascinating investigative work.  Just a few of the items that have been discovered are shown.  The session minutes from the 1820s and 1830s are amazing with reference to taking care of a “foundling” and of a “lunatic” recently discharged from the Dumfries Asylum.  These will be displayed in the new heritage centre.
15th November 2016

Meeting with Nicky from BDS

Members of the Heritage History Group were in Dumfries to meet Nicky O’Toole of BDS who will be helping us to put the heritage centre display together.  There was much to discuss and lots of material to pass to Nicky.  We are starting to get a clearer picture of how the displays may look.
24th November 2016

The Church gets cleared

A team met to clear the church today.  Anything that could be damaged by cold, damp or contractors was moved to safety.  Bags of stuff were taken to a charity shop and some thrown out.
06th January 2017

Heritage Lottery funding confirmed

We have had confirmation of our second round of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. 
27th January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

We held a commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day at the Jane Haining Cairn.  There were pupils present from Jane’s two schools, Dunscore Primary and Dumfries Academy.
28th January 2017

The Church repairs begin

Work to carry out the repairs to our church will be starting very soon. You will see the church being fenced off and scaffolding erected around the church building.  Work on the exterior repairs will get under way first and we anticipate that the alterations will start in late February.
02nd February 2017

Scaffolding is erected

Scaffolding is starting to surround the church building and repairs will follow in the near future.
20th February 2017

Dunscore School children visit

Children from Dunscore Primary School visited the Church to see how the renovations were progressing.
14th March 2017

New Church chairs arrive

The new chairs, to replace the old Church pews, arrived.
21st April 2017

Heritage Centre open day

There was an open day / exhibition to show the community how the work is progressing.  We had a busy day including visits from both the school and preschool.
July 2017

Church repairs are completed

Work complete and Dunscore Church is re-opened.

Heritage Centre officially opens

Following completion of the Dunscore Church repairs in 2017 attention was focused on putting the finishing touches to the Heritage Centre including the interactive touch screen system, documents and artefacts collected from all over Scotland (and the world) and poster boards and graphics created and installed by BDS Digital.