Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre, Scottish Charity SCO36883, is located in the old Parish Church in the historic hamlet of Moulin and less than five minutes from the local bus stop.
It houses much of the written heritage of Pitlochry and Moulin ranging from the archaeology of the area and the sword which lay hidden for centuries in a local Blacksmiths to the coming of the Tourist Industry and the story behind the secret workshop located in Pitlochry’s main street during WW2.
Discover the story of the Tinker’s school in Black Spout woods or see the valuable prizes which were once won at Pitlochry Games.
Here you can learn how the women of the Parish paid their yearly rents by spinning and weaving linen, which was sold at the local Market.
On Monday afternoons during the summer Graham from Moulin Yarns demonstrates spinning, sometimes from local wool, and chats about various dying methods.
There is also a small family history research room with a local genealogist from Old Oak Genealogy in attendance on Thursday afternoons.
There are various books for sale by local authors.
For those interested in Church History:
- It is written that a Pictish Chief, on first becoming a Christian, would build a Church within his principal fort and it is believed that this may well have been the case in Moulin.
- A stone over the vestry is dated 1613 so it would seem that a church has stood on the present site since then.
- The first Statistical account, written late in the 18th century tells us that Moulin Church was enlarged in 1704 and again in 1787 “the insides repaired and newseated, the windows enlarged, the walls plastered and the roof ceiled”
- In 1749 a church bell was purchased from a Rotterdam foundry.
- Various records show that the church was rebuilt in 1830/31 and again in 1875 after a disastrous fire which gutted the building.
- The last Gaelic Service was held in the Church towards the end of the 19th century.
- The Church was closed for public worship in 1989.
Just a few comments from the Visitor’s Book
• A lovely way to spend an hour. - Mr & Mrs Taylor, Frome
• Fascinating exhibition... lots of detail about local area. - J Ward, Oxford
• Wonderful displays and nicely done. - The Maitlands, Vancouver
• An excellent exhibition. - Ms Paterson Plymouth
The Heritage Centre is open from May to October 2pm to 4 pm daily or by appointment.
Further information may be obtained from their web site https://www.pitlochryandmoulinheritagecentre.co.uk