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Monthly Roundup 22nd January – 18th February 2024

By News

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 find out more.

Friday 26th January

On Friday 26th January we had our annual Burns Supper! We had haggis, highland dances and bagpipers. Thank you to everyone who came along and all those who helped to make this event a success!

Below are some photos of what happened at this event.

Monday 29th January

We were delighted to have our first school visit of 2024 today. You can read more about school visits here>

Our term time Arts and Crafts Club for young people was back on again in the afternoon. Learn more here>

Wednesday 31st January

Today the installation of our latest exhibition began. Thanks to Museum’s Galleries Scotland for their generous support of our climate change project. Below are some photos of installing the exhibition.

We were delighted to have our young curator, Riley join us to help to put up the exhibition. He designed one of the panels which is now on display as part of the exhibition. Some photos of our Young Curator, Riley and the panel he created can be seen below.

As part of the exhibition we have an activity where people can share what they are doing to tackle climate change. Take a look at some photos of this below. A huge thank you to those who let us take and share these.

Monday 5th February 

Our group of retirees, the Cordite Club were back in The Devil’s Porridge Museum again today. This week they enjoyed some fun board games.

Learn more about Cordite Club here>

Great to have our term time arts and crafts club back in The Devil’s Porridge Museum today too. Read more about this here>

 

Wednesday 7th February

We were delighted to have a visit from University of Glasgow, campus Dumfries today. The museum’s Office Manager, Curator and Youth and Community Engagement Officer gave the students a talk about the way the museum is run. This covered business, marketing, caution, education and the community. Below are some photos of our visit. Thank you to them for letting us share these!

 

Monday 12th February

Today was the start of February half term, which means the start of a very exciting trail around The Devil’s Porridge Museum from Kids in Museum’s and Walker Books.

The Twitchers Museum Adventure poster with a photo of four Twitchers books. The Kids in Museum's and Walker Books logos also feature.

The Twitchers Museum Adventure in The Devil’s Porridge Museum

Join birdwatching detectives the Twitchers and explore the beautiful birds and amazing animals in The Devil’s Porridge Museum. The Twitchers Museum Adventure from Kids in Museums and Walker Books celebrates the release of Feather, the fourth book in The Twitchers series from bestselling author M. G. Leonard. Find the birds and make your own pledge to protect wildlife. Complete the activity sheet to receive your Twitchers sticker!

Below are some photos of young people taking part in this activity in The Devil’s Porrridge Museum. Thank you to everyone who has joined us for this so far. Another thank you to everyone who allowed us to take and share these photos.

There’s still time to take part in this trail if you have not done so yet. It will be running until 25th February 2024. Remember admission into the museum is essential to take part in this activity!

We also had some fantastic free Valentine’s Day crafts for young people at The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. Take a look at what they made in the photos below!

Tuesday 13th February

Brilliant to welcome another group to The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. It was lovely to see them enjoying their visit! Please remember that groups need to book their visit in advance. Any food also for group visits also needs to be booked in advance. Learn more about group visits here>

 

And that’s the end of this edition of the Monthly Roundup! We’ll be back with another Monthly Roundup in March, but in the meantime you can find our last Roundup here>  Just a wee reminder that you can join in The Twitchers Museum Adventure trail at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until 25th February 2024. Learn more about this here>

A colourful display of recycled materials.

Climate Change Project Exhibition

By Current 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 we can take to reduce our impact on the environment. This includes working with local schools, a bee celebration day and upcycling activities held at The Devil’s Porridge Museum last year. You can learn more about what has been happening as part our climate change project in the exhibition itself.

We are proud to have worked with Riley, The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Young Curator on this exhibition. Riley designed his own panel for the exhibition. He also helped us to install the exhibition. Below is a photo of him and the panel he designed.

Riley, The Devil's Porridge Museum's curator stood next to the exhibition panel he designed.

A piece of artwork created as an outcome of an upcycling workshop with young people and artist, Gail McGregor is also on display.

You can help us to build a better world by sharing what you do to tackle climate change as part of your visit. From recycling to making sure that you turn off the light when you leave a room, even the smallest of actions can help to make a difference.

Although the exhibition itself may be temporary, we hope that the changes that have been applied with Museum Galleries Scotland generous support will have a lasting permeant impact; helping to make The Devil’s Porridge Museum more sustainable. The Devil’s Porridge Museum has had solar panels installed as part of this project and is proud to recycle were possible. The display panels used in this exhibition are recyclable.

To celebrate Earth Day, The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Volunteer and Youth Council member Calum wrote a blog post about how The Devil’s Porridge Museum is trying to help save the planet. Please click here to read this blog post>

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in the activities run as part of our climate change project.

Below are some photos of our climate change project exhibition being installed.

This exhibition was created as part of our Climate Change Project. A huge thank you to Museum Galleries Scotland for their generous support of this project.

The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s admission prices and usual opening hours apply.

A collage of three photos featuring The Devil's Porridge Museum's Cordite Club making calendar cards. Some text reads "Monthly Roundup 18th December 2023 to 21st January 2024."

Monthly Roundup 18th December 2023 – 21st January 2024

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Welcome to our first Monthly Roundup of 2024! We hope everyone who celebrates had a happy New Year and a merry holiday season. You can find out all of what’s happened so far this year by reading below!

31st December 2023

On the last day of the year we opened especially a coach visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It is essential for coach visits to be booked in advance. Find out more here>

Monday 8th January 2024

Today The Devil’s Porridge Museum and our café re-opened to the public! It was fantastic to have our volunteer back and it was nice to be welcoming visitors again!

Monday 15th January 2024

Today marked our first Cordite Club of 2024! Today the members they got creative with a calendar craft! Learn more about Cordite Club here>

Below are some photos of the Cordite Club.

And that’s the end of our first Monthly Roundup of 2024! There’s still more to come in January including The Devil’s Porridge Museum Burns Supper, which you can read more about here> We’ll be back again for another Monthly Roundup in February, but in the meantime you can catch up on our last Monthly Roundup here>

 

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Monthly Roundup – 20th November – 17th December 2023

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It’s time for our last Monthly Roundup of 2023! Read more to catch up with what’s been going on at The Devil’s Porridge Museum in our Monthly Roundup 20th November – 17th December 2023.

Monday 20th November

Arts and Crafts club were back in The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. It was brilliant to see the young people there being so creative! Read more about Arts and Crafts club here>

Monday 27th November

Fantastic to have Cordite Club back in The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. Learn more about cordite club here>

We were delighted to welcome our local nursery, Eastriggs and Dornock Early Years to sing some songs our cordite club. We particularly enjoyed ‘Ye Cannea Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus’. A huge thank you to them all for joining us and their beautiful singing. Below are some photos of this.

Later we also had arts and crafts club for young people at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.  Read more about Arts and Crafts club here>

Thursday 30th November 

Today we had a talk given by Bruce Keith where he presented his book ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ which was very interesting. A huge thank you to him for doing this. You can read more about this event here>

Another thank you to everyone who joined us for this.

A purple rectangle shaped book with the title "Are we nearly there yet?" The Devil's Porridge Museum's Café can be seen in the background.

Saturday 2nd December.

Today it snowed (just a wee bit) and The Devil’s Porridge Museum remained open as usual. Below are some beautiful snowy photos taken by Museum Assistant, Emily. A thank you to her for sharing these photos with us.

Monday 4th December

It was our last Cordite Club of 2023 today. This meant that everything was very festive from raffle prizes to room decorations and there were even Christmas crackers! They had lovely music for played for them. Father Christmas himself popped by to check out if the members of our Cordite Club had been naughty or nice! He did have some presents to give out too! Below are some photos of this.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out with Cordite Club this year. A special mention goes to Eleanor and Shelia who always spend a lot of time and care organising each session of Cordite Club!

Learn more about Cordite Club here>

Arts and Crafts Club was on again today. They did some colouring in today! Read more about Arts and Crafts club here>

Wednesday 6th December

Instead of giving each other Christmas cards  in the museum each year we hang tags with Christmas wishes on a Christmas tree and collect donations. Museum trustee, Eleanor has also made her own knitted snowmen and Christmas puddings, which have been sold in the museum. This year both of these things raised a total of £60 that we were decided to give to Eastriggs and Dornock Early Years. We were delighted to do this today and it was wonderful to be treated to some lovely songs while we were there! Thank you to them for singing to us.

Thursday 7th December

Today we were pleased to welcome another school to The Devil’s Porridge Museum today.  Read more about school visits here>

This year the 7th December is Christmas jumper day. As it’s our last week before The Devil’s Porridge Museum closes for Christmas, our team have been wearing their Christmas jumpers all week!

Monday 11th December

The Devil’s Porridge Museum and the museum’s café is now closed for the festive season to give our volunteers a well earned break! We will be re-opening on Monday 8th January 2024.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year!

We were also proud to have a visit from a local nursery today. Thanks to them for coming!

The last arts and crafts club of the year also happened today. It was brilliant to have the young people joining us for this for some festive crafts. Below are some photos of what they made this week.

Thursday 13th December

Today The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Youth and Community Engagement Officer went to a local school with some objects to talk to some of the pupils there.

Friday 15th December

Time for our annual Children’s Christmas Party! It was fantastic to see the young people their enjoying themselves. Photos of this event have now been added below!

And that’s it! Our last Monthly Roundup of 2023! As always you can check out last month’s Monthly Roundup here and keep up to date with everything that’s happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum on social media.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates a very merry festive season and a Happy New Year! The Devil’s Porridge Museum will be open again on Monday 8th January 2024 and we’ll see you in January for our next Monthly Roundup. In the meantime stay safe and enjoy yourself!

 

 

A collage of three photos of what has been happening at The Devil's Porridge Museum. They feature some kids dressed up at our Halloween party, a our animals in war memorial with a dog next to it for our animals in war remembrance service and a assortment of festive tombola prizes for our Cordite club. Some text reads "Monthly Roundup 23rd October 2023 to 19th November 2023."

Monthly Roundup – 23rd October – 19th November 2023

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Keep up to date with what’s been happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum with our Monthly Roundup for 23rd October 2023 to 19th November 2023. We were proud to remember all those animals and people who served in war in November. Read more about this and everything else that’s been happening below.

Monday 23rd October

The second week of October half term continued with some spooky Halloween monster crafts at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.  Today the made spiders pumpkins and more. It was fang-tastic to see all the young people there being so creative! Take a look at some of the photos below.

Tuesday 24th October

It was time for our next Halloween workshop and this time the young people were making haunting Halloween lanterns. Photos of this event are coming soon.

Wednesday 25th October

Time for a Halloween wreath making workshop. These were perfect for the young people who came along to use to decorate their house! Photos of this event are coming soon!

Thursday 26th October

It’s been fantastic to have so many young people join us to enjoy our free October holiday workshops. Today was no different with some pumpkin painting in The Devil’s Porridge Museum. The pumpkins the young people painted were spook-tacular! Photos of this event our coming soon!

Friday 27th October

On Friday was our spook-tacular annual Halloween party for young people! There was lots to enjoy from some treats to eat to guessing the number of sweets in the glass and going around the museum in the dark to find our resident spook Sam (who only comes out for Halloween). We think everyone looked very spooky and it was very hard to choose winners for our best dressed costume contest! There was also a best dressed mummy contest (don’t worry we let the people back out of their bandages at the end!).

A selection of photos of the frightful fun can be seen below! We would also like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped out with our October holiday workshops this year and all those who came along to them!

Saturday 28th October

Today marked our last gardening club of the year. A huge thank you to all the young people who came along for all their help in our garden. We hope to see you again next year!

Another huge thank you to Wendy for all our hard work on this.

Monday 30th October

Today our Cordite Club got crafty! They were making Halloween lanterns this week. It was great to have them back in the museum again today. As always a huge thank you to Shelia and Eleanor for all their hard work on this! Learn more about Cordite Club here>

Our term time Arts and Crafts Club for young people was back again today. Read more about this here>

Monday 6th November

Fantastic to have another school visiting us today. It was brilliant to have them and there are some photos of their visit below. You can learn more about school visits here>

Our Arts and Crafts club was on again today. Learn more about this here>

Friday 10th November

Today we held our Animals in War Remembrance Service at 11am. We were proud to remember with  local schools and animals. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this.

A poster for our 'Animals in War Remembrance Service' with a photo of a dog next to a stone memorial to animals in war. There are three wreaths in front of animals in war memorial.

 

Saturday 11th November

Today we were proud to join people across the country in holding a 2 minute silence to mark Armistice Day. Thank you to everyone who joined us to remember the people and animals who served and sacrificed so much during wartime.

Sunday 12th November

We were proud to hold a 2 minute silence at The Devil’s Porridge Museum to mark Remembrance Sunday today.

Representatives of The Devil’s Porridge Museum were proud to be laying wreaths at Eastriggs and Dornock war memorial today.

Monday 13th November

We had our Cordite Club back in The Devil’s Porridge Museum on Monday 13th November.

Another huge thank you to Eleanor and Sheila for making this happen! Today they had lots of fantastic Christmas themed prizes in their tombola, which are in the photos below. Thank you to the people who donated these prizes.

Learn more about our Cordite Club here>

We also had our Arts and Crafts club on again today. The young people were making Christmas decorations out of popsicle sticks, including wee Christmas trees and snowflakes. It was fantastic to see what they were creating.  Learn more about Arts and Craft club here>

Our café Christmas menu is also available from today! Why not pop in the café and treat yourself to a festive toasted baguette with your choice of fillings from Tukey & Trimmings OR Brie & Cranberry Sauce for £6.95? Our Christmas menu is served from 10:30am to 2:00pm and will be available until Monday 10th December 2023. Our café also now has it’s own Facebook page. You can find it here>

Wednesday 15th November.

Today we had a coach visit The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was lovely to have them, but here’s a quick reminder that it is essential for you to book your group visit in advance. Please read more about group visits here>

 

That’s all for this Monthly Roundup! We’ll be back in December for the last Monthly Roundup of 2023 (where has this year gone?). Please feel welcome to check out our previous Monthly Roundup in the meantime here> You can also keep up to date with what’s happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum on our social media pages here>

A quick heads up! We do close over Christmas from 11th December 2023, so that our team can have a well earned break! Don’t worry we’ll be sure to post this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website, as well as information about when re-open on 8th January 2024!

A photo of a creepy child wearing a gas mask with a illustration of a small phone box in the sky collaged on a burgundy background. A photo of The Devil's Porridge Museum is just visible behind the background. Some white text underneath the photo of the child with a gas mask gives that images source as Wikipedia.

The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Doctor Who Playlist

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The 23rd November 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of sci-fi TV show Doctor Who and since our usual Monthly Roundup person is a bit of a fan, she thought it would be fantastic to look at some of the times the show visited the general times or subjects The Devil’s Porridge Museum focuses on.  Read on to discover The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Doctor Who Playlist!

Of course we are NOT saying that these Doctor Who episodes are in any way historically accurate or the views expressed in this program are those of The Devil’s Porridge Museum (Doctor Who is about an alien traveling in time and space in a phone box after all!). This is just for a bit of fun!

SPOILER WARNING! Although, we’ve done our best not to share too many spoilers be aware that some will be included in this blog post and you’ll find more if you choose to follow the links by the clicking on the episode titles.

World War One

The War Games (1969)

The War Games is a last story featuring the 2nd Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and the first few parts are based during World War One. There’s a WW1 ambulance driver and the trenches feature. Of course, it soon turns out that things are not quite how they seem and much more is going on (don’t worry we’re trying not to share too many spoilers here!). This 10 part story and not all the parts are based during World War One, but we still think it deserves a mention.

The Family of Blood (2007)

The Family Blood is the second part of a two part episode (the first part is Human Nature) based prior based prior to World War One. It is only near the end of the this episode were WW1 features. The 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) also have a beautiful moment of remembrance in this story. Both these things earn it a mention here.

Twice Upon a Time (2017)

Twice Upon a Time was a Christmas special, which was the 12th Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi’s) last episode. It features a World War One British army captain (played by Mark Gatiss) and also includes a heart-warming scene in relation to this. Well, it is Christmas after all. Football anyone?

 

World War Two

The Curse of Fendric (1989)

The Curse of Fendric is a 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) story, which is based during World War Two at a British Naval installation. This is what earns it’s place on this list.

The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances (2005)

The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances are based in London during The Blitz and features The 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston).  A quick word of warning! This episode has probably one of the most terrifying monsters in Doctor Who and there’s a chilling transformative moment in The Empty Child. (Obviously, this is just the opinion of our Monthly Roundup creator person, but nevertheless you have been warned)!

A creepy child wearing a gas mask with a hat on

The Empty Child. Is it just me or does that gas mask seem familiar? Photo source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Are_you_my_mummy%3F_(6097816122).jpg#/media/File:Are_you_my_mummy?_(6097816122).jpg

Victory of the Daleks (2011)

Victory of the Daleks is based during World War Two, it features Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice) and The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). As you may have gathered from the title it does feature some of The Doctor’s best known foes, or the daleks (we did say these episodes might NOT be historically accurate didn’t we?). Look out for the jammy dodger.

The Window, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2011)

This is another Christmas special, this time featuring The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). The episode is based in 1941 and there’s a few moments inside a Lancaster Bomber, which is why we’ve included it here. We do have to say that it may feature a Christmas Eve excursion to another planet and some rather wooden people though!

Spyfall Part 2 (2020)

Part 2 of Spyfall features the 13th Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and spends some time in Paris during World War Two. The episode also features WW2 British Resistance agent Nora Inayat Khan (Aurora Marion). This is what earns it’s place as the most recent episode on the list. However it’s important to note that not all this episode is based during World War Two.

 

 

Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station

Ok, obviously there’s no Doctor Who episodes based explicitly around Chapelcross Nuclear Power station, but what about one which was filmed at a nuclear power station? Yes the connection may be a wee bit thin, but this is just for a bit of fun so bear with us!

The Hand of Fear (1976)

“Eldrad must live.”(Can you talk about The Hand of Fear without saying that?) The Hand of Fear features The 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen). Some of this story was filmed at Oldbury Nuclear Power Station in Gloucestershire (we’re pretty sure that this probably wasn’t the bits on the alien planet though), which is why we’ve included it here.

 

 

So there you are! That’s the end of The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Doctor Who Playlist. Now if your ever wondering what Doctor Who episodes to watch before or after visiting The Devil’s Porridge Museum you’ll know just which ones! Are there any you think we missed? Or is there is any more Doctor Who episodes you think deserve a mention? Why not let us know on our Facebook or Twitter pages?

Poster for the Children's Christmas Party 2023. This poster reads "Children's Christmas Party Friday 15th December 2023 6pm-7pm Join us for party games and to meet Santa at our Children's Christmas Party! For children from 4 to 11 years old. Places are limited. Booking is essential. Book on our website." It also includes The Devil's Porridge Museum's logo and some festive photos, including some of children having fun at last years Christmas Party.

Children’s Christmas Party 2023

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Friday 15th December 2023

6pm – 7pm

Join us for party games and to meet Santa at our free Children’s Christmas Party! This is for young people aged 4 – 11 years old.

Places are limited.

Booking is essential to secure your place.

To book your place please click on the “book now” tab at the side of the screen or click on “book online” in our top navigation bar. You should find the ‘Children’s Christmas Party 2023’ event listed there.

If you are unable to attend this event after booking a place please contact the museum by emailing info@devilsporridge.org.uk or calling 01461 700021 with as much notice as possible. Thank you.

Below are some photos from last years’ Children’s Christmas Party.

 

 

 

A collage of three photos representing the museum's cordite club of retirees, the thistle awards and The Solway Hoard Exhibition. Text on this reads "Monthly Roundup 25th September to 22nd October 2023."

Monthly Roundup – 25th September – 22nd October 2023

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Catch up with all that has been happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum in our latest Monthly Roundup! From the thistle awards to a new exhibition. Read it all below.

Monday 25th September 

Arts and Crafts club continued today. It’s always fantastic to see the young people there getting creative. Read more about Arts and Crafts club here>

Saturday 30th September

Today marked the end of the ‘Rutherglen Ladies F.C.: The Hidden History of James H Kelly’s trailblazers’ exhibition at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. We were proud to have this touring exhibition from The Scottish Football Museum at The museum.

We have a new exhibition ‘The Solway Hoard’ coming very soon! You can see the poster for The Solway Hoard exhibition below. Learn more about our current exhibition here>

Our gardening club is also on on Saturdays. Learn more about this here>

Monday 2nd October 

Cordite club was in The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. For entertainment today they had a singer to listen to. Thanks very much to them for doing this. Another huge thank you to Shelia and Eleanor. Learn more about Cordite club here>

In the afternoon, Art and crafts club was on again. This week they made beautiful cards! Read more about this here>

The 2nd of October also marked the start of our fascinating new exhibition ‘The Solway Hoard.’ It will be at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until 11th December 2023. Learn more about our latest exhibition here>

Here are some behind the scenes photos of The Solway Hoard exhibition being installed.

Thursday 5th October

We were delighted to join all the other nominees at the regional final for the Thistle Awards in South West Scotland today. We’re thrilled to have won Celebrating Thriving Communities Award 2023 at The South of Scotland Thistle awards regional final!!! Well done to all those who were shortlisted and congratulations to all the winners.

Read more about this and check out some more of our photos here>

Saturday 7th October

Gardening club took place again today. There’s only a few more gardening clubs left this year so a huge thank you to everyone who has joined us this year for gardening club and as always to Wendy! Read more about gardening club here>

Monday 9th October

Today we had Cordite Club back in The Devil’s Porridge Museum. Today they enjoyed some cheese and beans on a jacket potato. They also played cards and had a beetle drive Learn more about about Cordite club here>

Thank you to Eleanor and Sheila for all their time they spend and work they do to arrange and host Cordite club!

Later on today it was time for another of our term time Arts and Crafts clubs. This week they made spook-tacular trick or treat bags. Perfect for Halloween! Arts and Crafts club will be back again after October half term. In the meantime there were lots of other activities going on for young people to enjoy.

Tuesday 10th October

Today we were delighted to have a beautiful banner dedicated to remembering the animals and people that fought during wartime brought into the museum. It was made by pupils at Eastriggs Primary School and Irene Dolderson. A huge thank you to them for making it. It will be on display in The Devil’s Porridge Museum in November, so be sure to come along and see it for yourself!

Friday 13th October

It may be Friday 13th, but nothing too spooky happened in The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. Our youth council had a meeting to discuss their ideas.

Monday 16th October

It was fantastic to have a school visit from High Hesket Primary School with us at The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. They were all very well behaved! Learn more about school visits here>

Wednesday 18th October

Our October holiday workshops started today with our Upcycling workshop were young people could create a fish in danger of extinction. Thank you to artist Gail McGregor for this and all the people who came along to this event. It was great to see what the young people created.

This event took place as part of our climate change project. With thanks to our funders Museums Galleries Scotland for their generous support of this project.

 

Today was certainly a very busy day at The Devil’s Porridge Museum! As it was great to have another two group visits with us. It is essential for group visits to be booked in advance. Read more about group visits here>

Thursday 19th October

There was a creative writing workshops on today. Thanks for everyone who joined us for Creative Writing workshop: Waste Stories.

This event took place as part of our climate change project. With thanks to our funders Museums Galleries Scotland for their generous support of this project.

 

And that’s it for this month’s Monthly Roundup! Thanks for reading! Join us in November for our next Roundup in the meantime you can check out the last Monthly Roundup here>  We have a host of Halloween activities still to come during the October holidays and you can take a look at what’s happening here>

 

 

 

A Thistle Award for 'Celebrating Thriving Communities' with a bear toy stood in front of it.

Celebrating Thriving Communities Award 2023

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On the 5th October 2023’s representatives of The Devil’s Porridge Museum had a great night at The South of Scotland Thistle Awards regional final. This was held by the lovely Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries. Thanks to them for having us!
We’re thrilled to have won the Celebrating Thriving Communties Award 2023 at The South of Scotland Thistle awards regional final!!!
A huge thank you to all our volunteers and staff for all their hard work.
Another massive thank you to all our visitors, who support us and all those who come along to our clubs, activities and more at the museum! We appreciate all your support and without you this wouldn’t be possible. Thank you!!
Well done to all the other winners!
Check out some photos of the event below.
You can find more photos and learn about all find out all the winners here:
A collage of three photos. These are of some tomatoes, some handmade birdfeeders and some children painting at Arts and Crafts club. Some text reads "Monthly Roundup 28th August to 24th September 2023."

Monthly Roundup – 28th August to 24th September 2023

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A lot of things have happened at The Devil’s Porridge Museum since our last Weekly Roundup. Check out what’s happened since then in our latest Monthly Roundup below! There’s lots to read about, from school visits to the return of our term time Arts and Crafts Club. Our Cordite club for retired people has also returned this month.

Monday 28th August 2023

Today we had a large group visit us at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was great to have them and we were also pleased to provide afternoon tea for them all! It is essential for group visits to be booked in advance. We can provide catering for group visits, but it is essential for this to be booked in advance. Learn more about group visits here>

The Scotia Crafters were selling local, handmade produce in The Devil’s Porridge Museum all this week. It was great to have them at The Devil’s Porridge Museum! Sunday 3rd September 2023 was their last day in the museum.

Friday 1st September 2023

On this day in 1939, the first wave of evacuation of children, women and infants from towns and citys to rural locations took place. This was on the same day that Germany invaded Poland. Many evacuees were sent to the local area, including Barnardo’s evacuees that were sent to many local stately homes.
You can learn more about evacuees in this area in The Devil’s Porridge Museum and even have a go at packing your own evacuees suitcase on our touchscreen!

Saturday 2nd September 2023

On Satuday’s at The Devil’s Porridge Museum we have gardening club. A huge thank you to Wendy and all the young people who have joined us for this so far. Learn more about this here>

Monday 3rd September 2023

On the 3rd of September 1939 at 11.15am, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain took to the airwaves to annouce that Britian was at war with Germany. This followed an ultimatum given to Hilter to pull his troops out of Poland after Germany invaded Poland, which Germany failed to respond to. You can listen to this annoucement at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

 

Saturday 9th September 2023

We had another large coach visit The Devil’s Porridge Museum today.  It was brilliant to have them. If you would like food or drinks for a group visit it is vital that this is booked in advance. Learn more about this and group visits here>

Our gardening club is also on Saturdays. Learn more here>

Monday 11st September 2023

Today we had not one, but two group visits at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was nice to see them enjoying the museum. Learn more about group visits here>

It was certianly a very busy day today as Monday also marked the return of our term time arts and crafts club for young people. Today they made lovely wee picture frames and it was great to see the young people concentrating on their crafting! A huge thank you to Wendy for this!

Would you like to come along and join our arts and craft club? It’s perfect for 7- 11 year olds. Learn more about this here>

Wednesday 13th September 2023

We were delighted to welcome a school to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was fantastic to have them here. Learn more about school visits here>

Thursday 14th September 2023

It’s been a very busy week for group visits. We had another one today. Learn more about this here>

Saturday 16th September 2023

Our gardening club for young people takes place on Saturdays. We’ve used tomatos, lettace, strawberries and more that have been grown in our garden in our café this year!

Read more about our gardening club here>

Monday 18th September 2023

Today marked the return of our Cordite club for retirees. This week they had a quiz to enjoy. You can read more about Cordite club here> 

A huge thank you to Eleanor and Sheila for making this happen!

Art and crafts club continued today. It was great to see the young people here crafting. This week they made bug houses! Take a look at these in the photos below. Learn more about art and craft club here>

Tuseday 19th September 2023

Tuseday 19th September marked another two group visits for The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It’s always nice to see groups enjoying their visit to the museum. Learn more about group visits here>

Wednesday 20th September 2023

Today marked two more group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. You can learn more about group visits here>

Saturday 23rd September 2023

We had another group visit today. It’s brilliant to have welcomed so many groups to The Devil’s Porridge Museum! You can learn more about group visits here>

Gardening club continued again today. Take a look at some of the tomatos that the gardening club have grown this year below. Read more about gardening club here>

That’s it for our Monthly Roundup! Our next Roundup will be in October. In the meantime keep an eye on our events page and our social media platforms to learn more about what’s coming up at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.  You can also take a look at our previous Roundup here>

See you in October !

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