Welcome to the website of Beith Cultural & Heritage Society, (Scottish Charity No. 036758).

The Society was founded in 2006 with the aim of preserving memories and artefacts from the town of Beith and nearby villages and hamlets of Gateside, Barrmill, Greenhills, Burnhouse, Hessilhead, Longbar and the Den.   Since 2010 we have leased  the historic Beith Townhouse from the local authority. Built by public subscription in 1817, the Grade B listed building occupies a prominent position in the town centre. By the early years of the twenty first century the building was deemed surplus to requirements, and continued problems with water penetration were causing the building to deteriorate rapidly.

The townhouse as seen today.

The project to restore the Townhouse as a heritage and local information centre is still ongoing. The building has been open to the public since 2011, although initially this was just the ground floor. The large upstairs room is used for meetings, talks and to display much of our collection of Beith made furniture, while downstairs is our exhibition room and reception/office area. We hold regular exhibitions on a local theme. Recent topics have included World War 1, Beith furniture industry and education. Evening talks are also held monthly in the upstairs room and recently we held our first talk on a Saturday morning. In order to meet the running costs we hold regular fundraising events which have included coffee mornings, quizzes and concerts. The rooms are also available for hire by local groups and organisations.

Some of the volunteers have a keen interest in family history and have been researching all the local men and women who served in the two Great Wars. They are always willing to help people wanting to research their family.

Please come and explore our site and find out more about the project and the history of Beith and surrounding environs.

Have a look at our forum where people can share memories or ask questions. Please consider registering and sharing your memories of the area.

The Society is run totally by volunteers.  We welcome new volunteers and members. You can get in touch using the details on the contact us page.


Town House 2 copy

Opening Times:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm

Friday & Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm

Opening hours may be extended during some exhibitions. Please check local press and this site for details.