Dumbarton’s volunteer-run military heritage centre, which recently celebrated its opening, has received a bursary boost.

The centre, which is managed by the Armed Forces Veterans Association, has been awarded £500 of funding through property management company Ross and Liddell’s annual community bursary scheme.

Based at Dumbarton Central Station, the facility is home to a range of memorabilia items from a wide range of conflicts throughout history and is open to the public three days a week, with free entry.

The renovated building, which was a former Victorian washroom, welcomed politicians and military leaders just weeks ago for an opening ceremony.

Billy Muir, heritage assistant at the centre, said: “The centre is entirely voluntary run, so financial awards like this are vital in ensuring it stays operational as a viable community resource for local people and schools.

“Our aim is to open more than three days a week, however that is difficult due to costs and staffing.

“But we still want as many people as possible to pay us a visit and learn about a very important time in our history.”

Ross and Liddell’s community bursary scheme, now in its seventh year, was launched to provide support to organisations all over Scotland that make a vital difference in their community.

The Armed Forces Veterans Association is one of 37 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “We are very proud to be providing funding to almost 40 groups in communities all over Scotland in this year’s bursary scheme.

“It’s so important that organisations like Armed Forces Veterans Association have access to funding as it is a vital education resource which the community and schools can take full advantage of.

“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”

The heritage centre is open on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 2pm.