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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 !

A collage of three photos of the Scotia Crafters handmade gifts and crafts from while they were in The Devil's Porridge Museum in 2023. There is some text which reads "Weekly Roundup 21st to 27th August 2023 (The Scotia Crafters will be at The Devil's Porridge Museum until 3rd September 2023)."

Weekly Roundup – 21st – 27th August 2023

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We’re delighted to have the Scotia Crafters with us all this week and we’ve had a few group visits too! The Scotia Crafters will be at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until Sunday 3rd September 2023. Learn more here> Read more about what’s been this happening this week at The Devil’s Porridge Museum below!

Monday 21st August 2023

After setting up last weekend, the Scotia Crafters are back in The Devil’s Porridg Museum’s education room for this year. It’s great to have them back again! They will be in The Devil’s Porridge Museum until the 3rd September 2023. Read more about this here>

We’ve been sure to include lots of photographs of the Scotia Crafters, beautful homemade crafts and gifts in this Weekly Roundup! Take a look at the first three below.

We also had a group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. Brilliant to see them enjoying their visit! It is essential for group visits to book in advance. Learn more about this here>

Tuseday 22nd August 2023

We had another group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum today.  Read more about group visits here>

Scotia Crafters continued to sell some fantastic local crafts, products, gifts and more in The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Education Room! Read more about this here>

Below are three more photos of the Scotia Crafters lovely handmade gifts and crafts. Be sure to come and see them! The Scotia Crafters will be at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until 3rd September 2023.

Wednesday 23rd August 2023

On Wednesday we had another group visit. They had the chance to purchase some quality, homemade, local, items from the Scotia Crafters. You can read more about the Scotia Crafters here>

Here are three more photos of the lovely Scotia Crafters exhibition. Visit them at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until 3rd September 2023.

Thursday 24th August 2023

Today we had another  group visit! It’s turning into quite a busy week! Learn more about group visits here>

This group also had chance to treat themselves or someone else with the beautful handmade products being sold by the Scotia Crafters.

Take a look below for three more photos of the Scotia Crafters local homemade crafts and gifts. Remember to visit them, as they will be at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until the 3rd September 2023.

Friday 25th August 2023

The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s education room continued to play host to the Scotia Crafters. They even sell some delicous homemade sweet treats!

Here are three more photos of the Scotia Crafters beautiful arts and crafts. It’s well worth a visit to them. From beautful knitted gifts, needle felted items, jewellery, local photography, handmade soap and much more there’s a stunning selection of local items for sale. They will be at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until 3rd September 2023. Learn more here>

Saturday 26th August 2023

Homemade, local, gifts, arts and crafts and more were being sold by the Scotia Crafters in The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Education room. If you’ve got anyone’s Birthday coming up this is the perfect place to buy their gift! Come along and see them for yourself until the 3rd September 2023.

Below are a few more photos of the Scotia Crafters exhibition. Learn more about this here>

Sunday 27th August 2023

It was lovely to have the Scotia Crafters with us again today. If you haven’t had chance to pop in and see them this week don’t worry! They will be at The Devil’s Porridge Museum until the 3rd September 2023! You can read more about this here>

 

So that’s the end of this week’s Weekly Roundup! As our normal Weekly Roundup person is off next week, we won’t be back with our Weekly Roundup for a wee while. Rest assurred we will be back with a full Monthly Roundup for September 2023! Keep an eye out for that on our social media platforms here>

In the meantime you can read our last Weekly Roundup here> 

 

 

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Weekly Roundup – 14th – 20th August 2023.

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It’s been another exciting week at The Devil’s Porridge Museum with creative writing and a Bee Celebration! Read more in our Weekly Roundup below!

Monday 14th August 2023

Today we had a scriptwritting workshop for young people aged 16 – 26 years old with Haltwhistle Films. We had a very interesting workshop with object handling and we even had chance to film draft videos for our upcoming hologram. Take a look at some of the photos of what happened below.

Wednesday 16th August 2023

Wedenesday was a busy day with not one, but two group visits. It was brilliant to have them visiting The Devil’s Porridge Museum. Learn more about group visits here>

 

Saturday 19th August 2023

On Saturday we had a Bee Celebration and we think it went bee-illiantly, even if we do say so ourselves! There was lots of fun activities from honey taste testing, trying on beekeeper suits, beautiful wax art demonstrations, candle making and more! A huge thank you to everyone who helped out with this event and all those who came along.

We got lots of great photos! Have a look below.

 

Some of the people who came along also helped us start to fill a time capsule with letters, drawings and messages for future generations.The capsule is set to be opened in 2050, and the UK is aiming to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by then. Who knows how much life will have changed by the time it gets opened!

Our gardening club was also a hive of activity (I promise that’s the last bee related pun in this Weekly Roundup). You can see some of what they have been growing in the photos below. Learn more about this here>

Sunday 20th August 2023

The Socotia Crafters came to set up in The Devil’s Porridge Museum today. They sell a lovely selection of homemade, local, produce, gifts and arts and crafts. The Socotia Crafters will be at The Devil’s Porrridge Museum until Sunday 3rd September. Come along and treat yourself or someone else! Perhaps you could even make a start on your Christmas shopping while they’re at The Devil’s Porridge Museum (or is that still too soon?).

Thanks for joining us for this week’s Weekly Roundup! Come back again next week to keep up to date with what’s been happening. In the meantime see what’s comming up at the museum by checking out our events page here> You can read last week’s Weekly Roundup here>

We’ll see you again next week!

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Weekly Roundup – 7th – 13th August 2023

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It’s time for another Weekly Roundup of all that’s been going on at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. There’s been group visits and mocktails this week! Read more below.

Tuseday 8th August 2023

On Tuseday we had a group visit come to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It’s always nice to see groups enjoying their visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It is essential that group visits book in advance. Learn more here>

Wednesday 9th August 2023

Today we also had a group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was great to have them. You can learn more about group visits here>

Friday 11th August 2023

In the evening, Monica, The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Youth and Communitiy Engagement Officer, headed off to the Xcel Youth Centre in Langholm to offer a mocktail masterclass to the young people there! Brilliant to have her repersenting The Devil’s Porridge Museum!

 

Saturday 12th August 2023

Today we had another group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was brilliant to see them enjoying their visit to the museum! Learn more about group visits here>

It may have been a bit too rainy for gardening club this morning, but all the plants are looking very good and the rain did a very good job of watering them for us! Learn more about gardening club here>

Take a look at some of the flowers they have been growing in the photos below.

 

Thanks to Emily for sharing these three beautful photos of our garden too!

 

 

That marks the end of this week’s Weekly Roundup! Be sure to check in again this time next week to keep up to date with what’s been happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. We still have some events comming up soon, including an exciting Bee Celebration next week! Check out what’s happening on the events page here> 

As always you can read last week’s Weekly Roundup here>

See you next week!

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Weekly Roundup – 31st July – 6th August 2023

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It’s time for our first Weekly Roundup in August 2023! This week’s Weekly Roundup is a wee bit shorter than usual, but we’ve got some exciting workshops still to come (including scriptwriting and mocktails). Be sure to check out our events page to learn more! Read more about what’s been happening below.

Saturday 5th July 2023

Our gardening club were once again hard at work! Take a look at some of their hard work in our Dig For Victory Garden in the photos below.

A huge thank you to all the young people who come along to the gardening club and to Wendy! She is a huge help with many activities and more at The Devil’s Porridge Museum including gardening club! Our Dig For Victory Gardern wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful without her!

Gardening club is ideal for children and teenagers aged up to 16 years old. Why not join us? Learn more about our gardening club and how to book your place here>

Sunday 6th August 2023

It was brilliant to have representatives of The Devil’s Porridge Museum at a local Family Funday event held in Annan. Thanks for having us!

 

That’s all for this week’s Weekly Roundup. Be sure to come back again next week to keep up to date with all that is happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. We’ve still got some events coming up at the museum, so be sure to take a look at our events page here> You can take a look back at last week’s Weekly Roundup here>

 

Have you had chance to visit our book box yet? You are welcome to browse the selection of books in our phone box within The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s  opening hours. A £1 donation is required per book. Current UK currancy only please! All funds raised go back into The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Thank you to Graham for the idea and all his time and hard work on this! Another thank you to anyone who has donated books for the book box so far!

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Weekly Roundup – 24th to 30th July 2023

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We may be nearing the end of July, but there’s still a lot happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. This week we’ve had rock art, wax painting and even some mocktails! Thanks go as always to everyone who came along and all those which helped us with this week’s workshops! Read all about it below.

Monday 24th July 2023

Today we had rock painting! It was fantastic to see so many young people join us for this workshop and see all their creativity. Take a look at the photos below.

A huge thank you to everyone who has been volunteering to help us out with all our workshops so far. We always really appricate your help!

Wednesday 26th July 2023

This evening we had a mocktail masterclass at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was brilliant to see how everyone decorated their mocktails!

Thank you to a youth worker from Youth Work D & G for joining us for this event.

Thursday 27th July 2023

On Thursday morning we had a group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. It was great to see that they enjoyed themselves! Just a quick reminder it is essential for you to book any group visits and catering for the group in advance. Learn more about group visits to the museum here>

We also had a wax painting workshop for young people in The Devil’s Porridge Museum. Take a look at some of the beautiful artwork, created in workshop in the photos below. If you attended the workshop and have yet to collect your artwork please remember to drop by the museum and pick it up from the front desk! Thanks again to everyone who volunteered to help us with this!

Friday 28th July 2023

The Devil’s Porridge Museum was very busy today with another group visit! Learn more about group visits here>

Saturday 29th July 2023

Our gardening club were busy in the garden today, even if things did get a bit rainy!

You’d be welcome to come along and join our gardening club. Learn more about this here>

 

Thanks for joining us for this week’s Weekly Roundup! Catch up with us again next week to keep up to date with what is happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. In the meantime you can check out what events are coming up at The Devil’s Porridge Museum here> and find our previous Weekly Roundup here>

 

We would love to see your photos of your visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum or any activities that you came along to at the museum! Tag us on our social media platforms! Find them here>

 

A collage of three photos including a reenactor dressed as a nurse, a photo of a thistle award, which reads "we're on the shortlist!" and a flower outside the museum. Some text reads "Weekly Roundup 17th to 23rd July 2023."

Weekly Roundup – 17th to 23rd July 2023

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Catch up with all that’s been happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum with our weekly roundup. This week we’ve had gardening, living history reenactors and we’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Scottish Thistle Awards!!! Read all about it below.

Monday 17th July 2023.

On Monday we were delighted to welcome another group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. Find out all you need to know about group visits here>

On this day in 1944 the decision was made to abandon RAF Annan. At its peak RAF Annan could boast a staff of 400 RAF personnel housed across its 200-acre site. Tragically, many pilots lost their lives while training at RAF Annan.

You can learn more about RAF Annan by visiting The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Thursday 20th July 2023

Today we discovered that we were once again in finals for the Thistle awards!

We were thrilled to have been shortlisted for the South of Scotland Thistle Awards Regional Finals in the following categories:

  • Celebrating Thriving Communities
  •  Best Visitor Attraction.

We were delighted to find out that our chairman, Richard Brodie has also been shortlisted for Tourism Individual of the Year in the South of Scotland Thistle Awards Regional Fianals.

We are looking forward to the 5th of October 2023 to celebrate the best of South of Scotland tourism!!! Good luck to everyone who is nominated.

An photo of a metal award in the shape of a thistle with the words 'We're on the Shortlist!'. The logo for the Scottish Thistle Awards is in the top left corner and South of Scotland is writtend in the lower right corner.

 

Friday 21st July 2023

Today we had Strasbourg Youth Symphony Orchestra visiting us for a look around The Devil’s Porridge Museum! It was fantastic to have them all visit.

Saturday 22nd July 2023

Our gardening club was hard at work growing fresh food and flowers this morning. Why not come along and join them? Gardening club is ideal for children and young people aged up to 16 years old. You can learn more about this here>

Take a look at this beautiful flower they have grown below. It’s one of the many things they have grown so far!

Visitors to The Devil’s Porridge Museum  could also see two living history reenactors from On War Service as part of their visit to the museum today. They were in uniform as WW1 military nurse and her patient, a German soldier.

On War Service also had  authentic items from the World War One on display in the museum’s education room.

It was brilliant to have two members of On War Service at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. You can learn more about On War Service here>

 

That brings up to the end of our weekly roundup! Remember to join us again next week to keep up to date with what’s been happening at The Devil’s Porrridge Museum. If you want to read more about what has been happen in the meantime check out last week’s weekly roundup here>

You can also take a look at our events page to see if there’s anything coming up that you would like to get involed in here>

Planning a visit with your family? Take a look at our brand new family visits page to find out all you need to know!

An photo of a metal award in the shape of a thistle with the words 'We're on the Shortlist!'. The logo for the Scottish Thistle Awards is in the top left corner and South of Scotland is writtend in the lower right corner.

Shortlisted for Thistle Awards 2023

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The Devil’s Porridge Museum is once again in the finals for the Thistle Awards!!!
We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the South of Scotland Thistle Awards Regional Finals in the following categories:
  • Celebrating Thriving Communities
  •  Best Visitor Attraction
We were delighted to find out that our chairman, Richard Brodie has also been shortlisted for Tourism Individual of the Year in the South of Scotland Thistle Awards Regional Fianals.
We are looking forward to the 5th of October 2023 to celebrate the best of South of Scotland tourism!!! Good luck to everyone who is nominated.
A collage of three photos including one of two bracelets worn by a child, one of a poster for the book "Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star" with a knitted version of the book's main character and her stick and another photo of some ink art. Some text reads "Weekly Roundup 10th to 16th July 2023."

Weekly Roundup – 10th to16th July 2023

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Recently there’s been so much happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum that we’ve decide to start a weekly roundup to keep you all up to date! This week there’s been creative writing, jewellery and more! Read the full rundown below.

Monday 10th July 2023

We started off the week with a group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Tuseday 11th July 2023

Today we had not one, but two Jewellery Workshops!

We had an amazing experience at the Teenagers’ Jewellery workshop. It was a pleasure to create beautiful pieces of jewellery with such talented and creative teenagers. Their skills and imagination were truly impressive. Take a look at some photos of this below!

 

We also had so much fun in the Little Girls Jewellery Workshop!!! Have a look at their beautiful creations in the photos below!

Tuseday was certianly a very busy day! We also had two diffrent group visits to The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Wednesday 12th July 2023

Today we had a creative writting workshop, which was a huge success! The children were fully engaged and impressed us with their outstanding storytelling skills, they developed prompts, characters and writing with ease.
A big thank you to Laura for sharing her inspiring writing journey with us!
Take a look at some photos from this workshop below.
Thursday 13th July 2023
Today we had another group visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum. You can learn more about group visits here>
Friday 14th July 2023
There was great fun to be had at our painting workshop today! The kids got creative in our painting class today! Take a look at the variety of shapes and monsters they made in the photos below.
Saturday 15th July 2023
Today we had our gardening club. The young people in our gaderning club are learning new skills and helping us to grow seasonal produce in our Dig for Victory garden that will be used in our café.
We’ve still got spaces in our gardening club if you know a young person who would like to join us! Learn more about it and how to book here>
That’s the end of our Weekly Roundup for this week! Join us next week to keep up to date with what’s been happening at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. In the meantime, check out our events page to see what’s coming up soon at The Devil’s Porridge Museum!
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