Explore the past
- what life
was like...

HM Factory Gretna Life

With the help of 30,000 Irish Navvies, this huge plant was completed in record time allowing production to begin in April 1916..

The Remarkable
Story of the
Greatest Factory on Earth

Munitions Girls

Twelve thousand female workers flocked to HM Factory Gretna to play a vital role during the First World War,

The tragedy
of the worst rail
crash in Britain

The Quintinshill Rail Disaster
22nd May 1915

In the early hours of the 22nd May 1915, the worst rail disaster in British history occurred at Quintinshill near Gretna killing 226 people and injuring 246

Learn about the
towns built for 1000's of workers...

Gretna & Eastriggs Townships

The communities of Gretna and Eastriggs were built to house the munitions workers of HM Factory Gretna.

Museum closed on 22 May 2015

Please note our museum will be closed to the public on Friday 22 May, for an official event. We will reopen as normal on 23 May.


Our new state-of-the-art museum has something for everyone. Experience life in a World War One Trench and explore the Factory to discover what life was like for the thousands of munitions girls who flocked to work here. 
Round off your visit by browsing our well-stocked shop or treating yourself to some delicious home baking in our café. 

Children will enjoy the hands-on interactives and activities.

Don’t forget to stamp your special factory pass as you go round the museum.

Look out for our refurbished fireless locomotive outside the museum.  


For centuries, the quiet, rural area around the tiny hamlets of Eastriggs and Gretna lay undisturbed with only a few farms and small settlements dotted about. Then in 1915, soon after the start of World War One, the men from the Ministry of Munitions arrived and everything changed.

By 1917 the factory was producing 1,100 tons of cordite per week, more than all the other munitions plants in Britain combined, providing much-needed ammunition or the troops fighting on the front line.

Within a period of 12 months the government had taken over the farms and in their place was one of the most remarkable factories on Earth.

Stretching for nine miles, HM Factory Gretna employed 30,000 workers, at its height, to manufacture RDB Cordite, a new type of munitions propellant.

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