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Animals in War Memorial with a dog.

Animals in War Remembrance Weekend Memorial

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Come along to a Remembrance weekend event with a difference. We will be having short remembrance service for all the animals who have suffered in war. This will take place on Saturday the 9th of November at 3pm at the Animals in War memorial outside the Devils Porridge Museum. The event will be organised and led by young people. We would welcome people to bring along their pets: dogs, cats, horses – whatever you like really (as long as you keep them under control!) Purple poppies will be available (via donation) for you to put on your animals collar. We hope to see lots of people and animals there! After the ceremony, you will be welcome to visit the Museum (normal admission charges apply) and see our Animals in War Exhibition which runs until December.


We will be joined by a group of World War One historical re-enactors. They will be bringing their horses who will be equipped as horses were in World War One. There will also be wreath laying and remembrance service.

Half Term Clubs at the Museum

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Here are the activities which will be going on at the Museum after we re-open in January.

All clubs will start on the week beginning January 13th and run until Sunday February 16th. The clubs will restart after the half term on Monday February 24th and run until Sunday April 5th.


Mondays: Arts and Crafts (3:15-4:15pm)

Join Alison and Wendy each week for different creative projects. Open to all ages

Tuesday: Drama Workshop with Helen O’Grady Drama Academy (5 – 6pm)

Booking essential – in 2x 5-week blocks

Block 1: Jan 14th – Feb 11th / Block 2: Feb 25th – Mar 24th

Open to Primary 4 and above.


Tuesday: Study Club (6 – 8pm)

Homework and revision sessions. Open to S4 and above!


Wednesday: Creative colouring (3:15 – 4:15pm)

Relax and enjoy the simple pleasure of colouring in! This session is open to all ages and is a great activity for the whole family.

Creative Colouring

Thursday: Young Historians Club (4-5pm)

Explore different historic time periods and find out about what it is like to work in the museum. Open to Primary 4 and above!

Young Historians Club

Thursday: Life Skills – Lets Cook!

Find out more about healthy eating and cooking on a budget. Block booking essential!

(The Let’s Cook sessions will not run on the 3rd Thursday of every month!)

Open to S4 and above!


Friday: Cartoon Workshops (3:30 – 4:30pm)

Draw your own cartoon characters with local cartoonist Jack O’Hara. 5 week block – Booking essential!


Saturday: Games Club (10 – 12)

Devils Porridge Games Club everything from traditional board games to trading card games like Pokémon, and phone and tablet base gaming.

10 – 11 open to primary 6 and above, the everyone welcome from 11 – 12.

Games Club

Sundays: Green Devils Eco Club (1 – 3)

Take part in eco projects around the Museum and learn about how we can benefit the environment. Open to the whole family (starting January 26th!)

Gardening Club

All clubs are completely free! Contact for more information.  An A5 leaflet with all the clubs on is available from the Museum’s main reception desk.



Two members of the Women's Police.

Talk: The Women’s Police Service at HM Factory Gretna

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Talk: The Woman’s Police Service at HM Factory Gretna

October 15th 2019 at 7pm

£3 per person, payable at the door.


There were over 150 women police officers stationed at His Majesty’s Factory Gretna during World War One. This talk will consider their role policing female munitions workers suffragette connections.

Womens PoliceThis talk will be delivered by Dr Chris Brader who wrote his PhD thesis on female munitions workers at Gretna during World War One and is the author of ‘Timbertown Girls: Borders Women and the First World War’.

Womens Police

The Devils Porridge Museum from outside.

Annual General Meeting 2019

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Eastriggs and Gretna Heritage (SCIO)

This event will take place on the 18th of September 2019 from 7pm.

The meeting will be located at The Devils Porridge Museum.

Everyone is welcome

NB: forms will be available for anyone wishing to join the SCIO, which would allow a vote in matters pertaining to the Eastriggs and Gretna Heritage Group (SCIO)

Here is the address of the event:

Annan Road, Eastriggs

DG12 6TF

you can also contact us via email: or phone us at 01461 700021

Gretna or Eastriggs in the past.

Free walks and tours for Doors Open Day Weekend

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The Devil’s Porridge will be taking part in Doors Open Day weekend this September 7th and 8th. The museum itself will be open as normal (entry charges apply) but we will be offering a series of FREE activities throughout the weekend.

Please email: to book your place, phone 01461 700021 or message us through Facebook. Please book (don’t just show up) so we can plan for numbers. Please specify Gretna walk 1 (10.30 am), Gretna walk 2 (1.30 pm), Eastriggs Walk or visit to the pumping house when you book. You are welcome to come to more than one activity.

Saturday 7th of September

Guided walks around Gretna: a chance to find out about the World War One buildings still in existence with an expert guide. Hospital, doctors house, cinema, maternity unit, hostels, barracks and more!

Starts and finishes at St Andrews Church, Central Avenue.

Walk 1: starts at 10:30am

Walk 2: starts at 1:30pm

Walks will last an hour and a half

Sunday 8th of September


Guided walk around Eastriggs: ‘the commonwealth village’: find out about the different World War One hostels and the workers who lived in them. See where the tennis courts were, the staff houses, the fire brigade, the cinema, the dance hall, the dairy, the police-cells and more!

Walk starts at The Green, Eastriggs and ends at The Devil’s Porridge museum. The walk will last one and a half hours.


A chance to visit the Pumping House with an expert guide. This is one of the only original World War One factory buildings left. We have been given the permission of the land owner to visit inside this building (which is not usually open to the public). Take a look inside the pumping house which was built to supply the Factory and its power station with the water it needed (5 million gallons a day!)

Where to meet,

If you are approaching the Pumping House from Gretna, travel along the A6071 towards Longtown. Turn left at the junction with the A7.

Travel along this road until you see the Pumping House on your right and then park in the layby nearest to the field on your right. Full images and maps will be published on this page nearer the time of the event.

young people playing board games in The Devil's Porridge Museum at Games Club.

Termtime Clubs

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After the success of our summer of fun we have decided to run a number of clubs during term time from the 24th of August until the start of the October holidays. We will be running a variety of clubs some of which are new and some of which are continued from our Summer of Fun.

Here is a list of the clubs which will be running and what dates and times they will be running from:

Arts and Crafts Club

Every Monday from the 26th of August from 3.15 PM to 4.15 PM, The Devil’s Porridge holds an Arts and Crafts club. With expert help, from Wendy and Alison, young people can learn new skills, develop their talents and make fantastic craft projects to take home with them. All resources are provided, and all sessions are free! No need to book.

Arts and Crafts Club

Learn the Ukulele

Learn the Ukulele will take place every Tuesday from the 27th of August from 4.00 PM to 5.00 PM. The ukulele is an incredibly social  instrument because its not intimidating at all and can be played by anyone, young or old, musician or non-musician. Its happy, joyful tone make it a delight to play and accessible for everyone. Our learn the ukulele sessions are aimed at beginners of all ages. Join Stephen Oswald for a 7-week block of exciting lessons and learn to play this fun and enjoyable instrument. Ukulele’s are provided, and all sessions are free. Booking is essential please contact:

Ukulele Club

Let’s Bake

Let’s Bake will take place from Wednesday the 28th of August from 3.15 PM – 4.30 PM. Have fun in the kitchen learning some new skills and try out some exciting recipes. Over this 6-week block of Let’s Bake we will be exploring The Great War Bake Off Recipe Book. All ingredients are provided, and all sessions are free. Booking essential, contact:

Lets Bake

Young Historians Club

Young Historians Club will be taking place from Thursday the 29th of August from 4.00 PM – 5.00 PM. A club designed for budding young historians. Join our young historians and take part in fun activities and projects all based around historical time periods and themes. We are going to start exploring Animals in War as part of the museums upcoming Animals in War pop-up display within the museums education room. All resources are provided, and all sessions are free! No need to book.

History books

Creative Colouring

Creative colouring will take place from Friday the 30th of August from 3.15 PM – 4.15 PM. The relaxation and therapeutic benefits of colouring are well documented. So, what better way to finish the week than spending an hour indulging in this simple pleasure. Bring your colouring book from home or use one of ours, along with our stock of coloured pens, pencils and crayons. This is an intergenerational activity and the whole family is welcome to come along and have fun! All resources are provided, and all sessions are free! No need to book.

Colouring in books

Also join us for some of our other clubs including Pokémon Club which takes place every Saturday starting on the 24th of August from 11 AM – 12 noon.  Games club which also takes place every Saturday starting on the 24th of August from 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM. Gardening Club also takes place every Sunday starting on the 25th of August from 11 AM – 12 Noon. These clubs do not need to be booked.

A military lorry and motorbike belonging to living history reenactors.

Military Vehicle Weekend

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The Devil’s Porridge Museum will be hosting a Military Vehicle Weekend on Saturday 27th July and Sunday 28th July.

The weekend will include a barbecue on Saturday the 27th. There will also be some interactive events which people can take part in.

This event will be used to give people an insight into how both civilians and soldiers lived during the Second World War by using the equipment, vehicles and clothing of that time period. For example civilians had to be called up for military service if they were a young man and also had to work in munitions factories if they were a woman and children had to carry gas masks to school in case of an attack.

This event can also be used to pay tribute to those who fought in World War 2 and those who had to experience hardship while the war was going on so that we could have the freedoms that we have today. It also gives people an idea of what people had to go through during the war and in post war times this gives the current generation some idea of what it was like for those ordinary people living in extraordinary times.

A map with some castles on.

Talk: In Search of the Border Reivers

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An introduction and invitation by Peter Nicholson
June 18th
£3 per person payable on the door

The Border Lands straddle the once disputed boundary and Debateable Land between the formidable nations of England and Scotland. For centuries the bloodily disputed border was a permanent theatre of war, a crucible of conflict, the much terrorised province of one of history’s most opportunistic and all time successful brigands, the Border Reiver. We will search for the places, pele towers, barmkins and battle sites and search for the people who are portrayed by re-enactors and described in records written in 1550 – 1650. We will wonder why they appeared and why they went away, or did they? Your surname may link you to those lawless families where you may be “English at your leisure and Scottish at your will”.

About Peter Nicholson
The project was started in 1998 to develop tourism and economic development with the cooperation of Carlisle, Cumbria Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders, Northumberland local authorities. An ordnance survey map, gazetteer and car trails were created and I created a website and multimedia CD. The intention was to theme the area similar to the clan names of the highlands.

I developed information systems in education and businesses, eventually creating multimedia “books” that bring information alive. I accumulated a huge repository of information about Border Reivers some of which became part of the millennium project for SCRAN [Scottish Resource Access Network]. Unfortunately technology moves on and the original CDs and online items are out of date. Fortunately copyright is either mine or I have permission to give use and I now want anyone to use all the information that I have so that they can develop interests, develop businesses, promote tourism and continue “In Search of The Border Reivers”

Photo of flags of the Commonwealth Nations.

CANCELLED Tastes of the Commonwealth evening

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On Saturday May 18th, the Devil’s Porridge Museum will be taking part in Museums at Night, an initiative organised by Culture 24/The Arts Council to get more people visiting museums.

The Museum will be open late for visitors from 7-9pm, people can pay at the desk and visit (normal admission charges apply).

We will also be having a special meal to celebrate the fact that Eastriggs is the Commonwealth village (and the museum is about to have an exhibition on the Contribution of the Commonwealth to HM Factory Gretna in World War One).

Tickets for this meal will be £9.95 per person.  You would be welcome to arrive from 6.30pm, we aim to serve the first course at 7pm.

Starter ‘Tastes of Jamaica’

Jerk chicken


jerk halloumi kebabs

Both served with mango salsa and side salad

Main ‘Tastes of India’

Beef Madras


Vegetable & lentil madras

Both served with rice and naan bread

Dessert ‘Tastes of Canada’

Canadian style pancakes with maple syrup and ice cream

To book your ticket: email, phone 01461 700021 or pop in to the museum.



Reading Romany book front cover.

Talk: G Bramwell Evens or Romany of the BBC

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A talk about G. Bramwell Evens, a Methodist minister who was in Gretna during World War One by David Barnaby.

April 24th 2019
£3 per person payable on the door.

David has recently published a new book about Bramwell Evens called ‘The Sky is as Blue as a Hedge-Sparrow’s Egg: Reading Romany’

George Bramwell Evens, (1884-1943) was one of the most loved broadcasters of his day.

He was Methodist minister but in the 1930s he was known by everyone as Romany of the BBC. He had an intimate knowledge of the natural world and a gift for vivid communication. His natural history programmes led thousands of children to love of the wonders of the countryside.

In this talk, David Barnaby will explore the world Romany created. David has written over a dozen books. He is an amateur naturalist, a jazz drummer, a saxophone quartet player and a circus enthusiast.

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