Kirkcudbright’s Dark Space Planetarium Revealed

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The Kirkcudbright Dark Space Planetarium has launched its new brand and it’s out of this world!

The Dark Space Planetarium has been developed by Kirkcudbright Development Trust. The Trust have been engaged in a major capital project to fully renovate and reinvigorate the former, and much-loved, Johnston School building in Kirkcudbright.

The 19th Century former school closed in 2010 and quickly fell into disrepair. The Trust have now successfully secured the future of the building, raising over £2.6 million to restore and develop it for community use. Building works commenced in late 2019 and were fully completed in early 2021. The opening of the Dark Space Planetarium will take place this summer.

Kirkcudbright will be home to this new state-of-the art visitor attraction which will inform and educate people of all ages as it celebrates the majesty and infinity of space, the wonders of science, the thrill of space exploration, and the magic of the Dark Skies right here in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Development Trust look forward to welcoming everyone to the new attraction as soon as it is possible to open.

The trustees of Kirkcudbright Development Trust gratefully acknowledge the support of:

Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Government, South of Scotland Enterprise Partnership, The Wolfson Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Kirkcudbright Common Good Fund, Galloways Glens Landscape Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, Castle Maclellan, The Holywood Trust, LEADER