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Pennylands Camp 22 - Hidden Histories of Ayrshire

Saturday 13 January until Saturday 28 April
Pennylands Camp 22, also known as Camp 22, Temple Camp and Auchinleck Camp, is a former WWII POW camp situated in the parish of Auchinleck to the North-East of Dumfries House. Built as training facilities for the Tank Corps, Pennylands was also used as a transit camp for regiments and then a prisoner of war camp, housing German and Italian prisoners. At the end of the War the camp was used as a repatriation camp for Polish Soldiers returning home; then by Ayr County Council as housing for local families. It was demolished in the 1950’s and largely forgotten about until now.

On display are objects from the archaeological digs of the site, extracts from oral history interviews that capture the recollections of members from the local community as well archival documents from the period. Led by Cumnock History Group and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund this exhibition tells the story of those who lived and worked in and around Pennylands Camp 22.


Pennylands Camp 22 FREE Talks and Events
Accompanying this exhibition will be three free talks by Cumnock History Group and the team behind the research and a Family Fun Day

Digging Into The Past 
by Liz Jones of 
Addyman Archaeology
Thursday 1 February | 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Collecting Stories 
by Dr Sue Morrison
Thursday 1 March | 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Remembering The Past 
by Bobby Grierson of Cumnock History Group
Thursday 5 April | 6.30pm -7.30pm.

Family Fun Day
Friday 13 April | 1pm - 3.30pm.
A family fun day that will explore some of the memories told and objects in the exhibition through drama, arts and crafts workshops.

Baird Institute Info and Opening Times
3 Lugar Street, Cumnock, KA18 1AD
Tel: 01290 427084

Thursdays: 12.30 - 4.40pm, 5pm-8pm
Fridays: 10am - 4pm 
Saturdays: 10am - 4pm

Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March 2018.
The Baird Institute is a fully accessible venue.     


Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly and always have a guest presentation. Past guests have included Dane Love, Dr James Begg, Charlotte Rostek, Ian McMurdo and many more.

Meetings are held at 7pm the 3rd Thursday of each month (except July and August) at Rothesay House Ceremony Suit, 1 Greenholm Road, Cumnock. Non-members welcome at a small fee.

Thursday 18th January 2018       
David McMeekin – Robert Burns & the River Ayr. Former Chair of the Cumnock Cronies Burns Club, takes us on a walk along the River Ayr Way pointing out places and people connected to Robert Burns.

Thursday 15th February
Edwin Lawrence – All the Fun of the Fair. A history of funfairs in Scotland.

New - Brigs of Cumnock page

New section showing the Brigs of Cumnock HERE

Pennylands Camp 22 Project

Over the past year we have been busy interviewing, researching and even digging a hut base for the Pennylands Camp 22 Project.

Have a look at the project HERE

Or on Facebook HERE

Download the Pennylands Newsletter HERE

Cumnock 2016

Our celebratory event of Cumnock being made a Police Burgh in 1866 was on Saturday 10th December and was a great success.

Here are some of the Victorian style photographic portraits of guests, the screen-printed commemorative postcard featuring the hand-stamped original Cumnock Burgh seal from the 1860s and a visit from the Cumnock Weathercock - not seen for 45 years! Read about it HERE