Free Online Talks

By January 19th, 2021 No Comments

Before the pandemic hit, the Devil’s Porridge Museum used to have a lively and varied programme of events and talks.  We’re now really pleased to be offering these online. We aim to have a talk once a month on a subject which links to local history or the themes of the Museum.

You can now acquire tickets for the following (free talks):


The Galloway Car

Dorothée Pullinger: the first female car manufacturer in Scotland

January 25th at 7pm

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This talk will focus on Dorothée Pullinger and her development of the Galloway Car (a car ‘built by ladies for ladies’) in the 1920s.

Join us for a look at a notable woman from Dumfries and Galloway – Dorothée Pullinger.

After being involved in the production of munitions in World War One, Dorothée, established production of the Galloway Car at Tongland, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Devil’s Porridge Museum will be displaying an exhibition about her life and work when we re-open.

This talk will be delivered by vintage car owner and Trustee of the Museum, Neil McGarva. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the talk.


Stories of Love in Wartime

February 15th at 7pm

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Explore stories of love in time of war with Judith Hewitt, curator of The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s 2019 exhibition ‘Love in Wartime’.

Love, marriage, jealousy, bigamy, widows, loss…tales of the human experience amidst the dangers of war.

This talk will explore love and relationships in all their various forms with an emphasis on little known accounts from The Devil’s Porridge Museum archive.

12,000 women worked at HM Factory Gretna in World War One. It was the greatest factory on earth at the time and The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s main focus is this Factory and those who worked there.

Join Judith Hewitt, Museum Manager and the Curator of the successful 2019 exhibition ‘Love in Wartime’ for a special event near Valentine’s Day. Judith is an engaging speaker and this talk will be fully illustrated with photographs, documents and objects from World War One and Two. There will be an opportunity for questions after the talk concludes.


Dorothée Pullinger with her father.

Scottish engineering – building boilers, cars, ships – & female engineers

March 22nd at 7pm

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Cochran, Arrol Johnston and the Caledon – building boilers, cars, ships – and female engineers

Considering Scotland’s pre-eminent position in global engineering in the late 19th and early 20th centuries it is sadly rather poorly represented in terms of numbers of women who went from that period to become engineers.

However, as this talk will show us, Scotland did produce a select group of pioneering women in engineering from the Annan boilermakers, Cochran, the Dumfries car makers, Arrol Johnston and the Dundee shipbuilders, Caledon. This talk will look at the stories of how such women were trained, worked and ‘formed’ into influential engineers of their time.

Dr Nina Baker has had a varied career, having become a merchant navy deck officer on leaving school and later taken an engineering design degree in her 30s, from the University of Warwick. She then gained a PhD in concrete durability from the University of Liverpool. She has lived with her family in Glasgow since 1989, working variously as a materials lecturer in further education and as a research administrator and, until 2017, as an elected city councillor. Now retired from all that, her interest in promoting STEM careers for girls has led her to become an independent researcher, mainly specialising in the history of women in engineering.


Political Activists and Professional Women: the Extraordinary Lives of Elise Bowerman and Chrystal Macmillan

Monday 21st June 2021 at 7pm

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Chrystal Macmillan and Elsie Bowerman were both born during Queen Victoria’s reign. At this time, girls’ access to education was substandard, women were barred from a number of careers considered ‘unfeminine’, and all women and many men could not vote. By the time of their deaths, many of these gendered barriers to success had been challenged and broken down.

This talk will investigate the extraordinary lives of both women, from their achievements of educational firsts, to their activism during the votes for women campaign, their wartime work, and their careers as early women barristers. In doing so, it will show the impact of their lifelong feminist activism.

Laura Noakes completed her PhD at the Open University. Her research examined the relationship between the women’s suffrage movement and early women lawyers through detailed contextual consideration of two women: Elsie Bowerman and Chrystal Macmillan. She now works as a Research Assistant at the Devil’s Porridge Museum.





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