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Welcome to The Devil’s Porridge Museum

The Devil’s Porridge Museum tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the greatest munitions factory on earth in World War One, where the devil’s porridge (or cordite, an explosive) was mixed. There were 30,000 workers: 12,000 of them were women. Their contribution to the war effort helped women to achieve the vote.

Our state of the art, award-winning, 5 star-rated museum is one of the top things to do in Dumfries and Galloway. In 2023, The Devil’s Porridge Museum was the Winner of the Celebrating Thriving Communities Award at the South of Scotland Thistle Award Regional Finals and in 2022 the museum was the Winner of Best Visitor Attraction Experience in the West of Scotland at the Thistle Award’s Regional Finals.

Please ring to see if booking a head is necessary during busy periods such as the school holidays.

A collage of three photos featuring a red phone box and the museum's Arts and Crafts Club. It reads "Monthly Roundup 20th May to 16th June 2024."News

Monthly Roundup 20th May to 16th June 2024

It's Monthly Roundup time again! In this month's roundup we have Arts and Crafts, Gardening and more! Catch up with everything below! Monday 20th May Today it was fantastic to…
News

Monthly Roundup 15th April to 19th May 2024

This month our free gardening club for young people has returned for 2024 and we were delighted to welcome Bruce Keith into The Devil's Porridge Museum to give a free…
A collage of three photos of a child decorating an Easter hat, a young person looking at a Easter trail in the museum and a Easter basket. Some text reads "Monthly Roundup 18th March to 14th April 2024."News

Monthly Roundup 18th March to 14th April 2024

There's lot's of Easter Egg-citiment in this month's roundup! From jewellery making to an Easter Egg trail around The Devil's Porridge Museum, read on to find out all the egg-citing…
A collage of three photos of children at The Devil's Porridge Museum's Arts and Crafts club with the words "Monthly Roundup 19th February to 17th March 2024.News

Monthly Roundup 19th February to 17th March 2024

  Time for another Monthly Roundup for 19th February to 17th March 2024. Read on to find out all that's been happening at The Devil's Porridge Museum. Monday 19th February…
Current Exhibition

Earth Day and how the museum helps the planet

By Calum Boyde Youth Council Member   Earth Day happens annually on April 22 and raises awareness of environmental issues and concerns while driving positive change in the world. Earth…
A colourful display of recycled materials.Current Exhibition

Climate Change Project Exhibition

The Devil's Porridge Museum's climate change project has been involving the local community in a variety of workshops and activities to raise awareness of climate change; highlighting the actions that…
Events

Creative Writing for The Climate Emergency

Immerse yourself in our empowering Creative Writing for the Planet workshop, where Rachelle Atalla, author of ‘Thirsty Animals’ will guide you in crafting stories of hope in the midst of…
Poster for From Rationing to Upcycling: Learn From the Past activities for young people happening as part of The Devil's Porridge Museum's Summer Programme 2024.Events

From Rationing to Upcycling: Learn From the Past.

Join us this summer holidays for an exciting range of FREE activities for young people! Booking is essential and places are limited. Below is a list of our From Rationing…
Poster for a Mocktail Making workshop at The Devil's Porridge Museum on Wednesday 7th August 2024.Events

Summer Programme 2024: Mocktail Making

Join us this summer holidays for an exciting range of FREE activities for young people! Booking is essential and places are limited. The Mocktail Making workshop is for young people…
Poster of two activities for young people at The Devil's Porridge Museum as part of the Summer Programme 2024. These are a Retro Gaming Challenge on Thursday 11th July 2024 and A Minecraft Inspired Lego Building Competition on 4th July 2024.Events

Summer Programme 2024: Competitions

Join us this summer holidays for an exciting range of FREE activities for young people! Booking is essential and places are limited. These activities are for children and teenagers only. …

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