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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.


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…
A collage of three photos. These are of two bagpipers, some children with their Valentine's crafts and a young person taking part in The Twitchers Museum Adventure at The Devil's Porridge Museum. There is some text which reads "Monthly Roundup 22nd January to 18th February 2024."News

Monthly Roundup 22nd January – 18th February 2024

Welcome back to another Monthly Roundup for The Devil's Porridge Museum! From Burns Night to Valentine's Crafts there's been lots to enjoy at The Devil's Porridge Museum. Read on to…
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…
A poster advertising Gardening Club at The Devil's Porridge Museum. This club is ideal for children and teenagers up to sixteen years old. It starts on Saturday 27th April 2024 from 10am to 12pm. To book please email

Garden Club ‘Dig for Victory’

Join us for an exciting journey into the world of gardening with our 'Dig for Victory' garden club at The Devil's Porridge! Every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm,…
Poster for Scotland Beneath the Surface talk by Bruce Keith. This free event is on Friday 26th April 2024 at 2pm in The Devil's Porridge Museum. To book your place please email:

“Scotland Beneath the Surface” by Bruce Keith

Friday 26th April 2024 at 2pm Free talk (admission prices still apply to anyone who wants to look around The Devil's Porridge Museum). We are delighted to welcome Bruce Keith…
A poster for Arts and Crafts club which reads: "Arts & Craft Club. Join Now! Every Monday from 3.30 to 4.30pm. Free. Ideal for children age 7-11. Book via email:"Events

Arts and Crafts Club 2024

Our Arts and Crafts Club is back for 2024! Starting on Monday 22nd January 2024. It will be on every Monday from 3:30 to 4:30pm. It’s perfect for  7 to…


Join our Easter workshops! All the workshops are free of charge, and all materials are provided. Join an Egg Hunt at any time between 10 am - 3 pm in…

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