The Museum

A brief history of the Heritage Centre

Campbeltown Heritage Centre is a museum and heritage centre - and is the main repository for social history for the Kintyre Peninsula from around 1700 to the present day.

The centre stands on the site of the Gaelic Free Church. Built in 1868, it was believed to have come as a numbered kit by sea from Beauvais in France. The design by James Boucher, which  retains an attractive “rose” window in the West gable. was believed to be based on an original design by Thomas Pugin a famous English architect.  The accompanying Church Hall was added by H.E.Clifford, a distinguished Glasgow architect, whose mother, Rebecca Anderson, was of a well known Campbeltown family.

Because of the striking alternating colour scheme, it became known as the ‘Tartan Kirk”. The Chuch closed in 1990 when the congregation amalgamated with the Lowland Church in Longrow.

In 1995, the Church was transformed into the Heritage Centre,  a Charitable Trust   supported entirely by its own funding efforts and the generosity of its supporters.  The Trustees manage it as a local resource and archive  to demonstrate and reflect  the wealth of local history relating to this very remarkable Scottish Royal Burgh.