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A poster for 'The Solway Hoard' exhibition. The poster reads "Journey forward in time to the year 3023 when a hoard of rare and valuable plastic objects has been discovered. Visit the exhibition and discover the fascinating stories behind these extraordinary treasures and explore the many possible futures of plastic. 2 Oct - 11 Dec 2023. The Devil's Porridge Museum. Admission Charges Apply."

The Solway Hoard

By Current Exhibition

The Solway Hoard exhibition will be at The Devil’s Porridge Museum from 2nd October 2023 to 11th December 2023.

Visit the Solway Hoard exhibition and see remarkable treasures from a world set in the year 3023. Marine engineers have uncovered a hoard of plastic artefacts while working in the Solway, and archaeologists have pieced together the stories that explain their origins and help us understand key moments over 1,000 years of history.

The Solway Hoard contains objects that date from the Plastic Age between 1950 and 2050. It reveals an imagined future where plastic is no longer just a cheap and disposable substance that pollutes the marine environment but has new uses and values. The exhibition is inspired by The Galloway Hoard, the collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects discovered in south west Scotland.

This new exhibition is a compelling journey into the many possible futures of plastic and is curated by Solway Firth Partnership together with Museums of the FutureNow.

The Solway Hoard exhibition is part of the Positive Action for a Cleaner Solway project, supported by The Marine Fund Scotland.

Find out more about the Museums for FutureNow and the Soloway Hoard here>

A compelling sculpture made by Gail McGregor is on display as part of this exhibition, which is made out of natural and re-claimed plastic materials.

You also be able to see some information about the workshops that The Devil’s Porridge Museum has been running as part of our climate change project. With thanks to our funders Museums Galleries Scotland for their generous support of this project.

Admission charges apply.


Haaf Net Fishing Exhibition Removal

By News

For a number of months, the Devil’s Porridge Museum has had an excellent exhibition on display focusing on the ancient local practice of Haaf Net Fishing.  On Monday, Derek from D&G Council came to collect the exhibition and was surprised and pleased to see that it had grown in its time with us!  Lots of people have come forward after visiting or hearing about the exhibition to donate objects, photographs or oral history testimonies.  We’re really pleased to pass on these objects so that they can go with the exhibition as it travels to showcase the story of this interesting fishing technique and the unique social history and culture connected with it.


To find out more about the exhibition and practice of haaf net fishing see:

Haaf Net Fishing Films

By News

One of the Great things about having an exhibition on display is the things that it leads to. Our current exhibition in Haaf Net Fishing (which is on display until April 1st), has generated a lot of interest (from people in Cumbria as well as people on the Scottish side of the Solway). So far we have had object donations, objects on loan and on display for our Object of the Month Display and now we have had photographs and film footage shared with us.

The photo above shows a Haaf Netter at Loch and Dornock which is near the old HM Factory Gretna site and not far from Eastriggs, where the Museum is located.


These videos were shared with the Museum by Annan Museum and make interesting viewing:

Thanks to everyone who is sharing things with the Museum – we really appreciate it!

For more information on our Haaf Net Exhibition see:

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Objects for Haaf Net fishing

By Collections blog

This post was written by Lukasz, who volunteers with us every Thursday from Annan Academy.

The Museum currently has an exhibition on display which shows Haaf Net Fishing. On Monday 13th of January 2020, several fishermen visited the museum (see photographs below) one of them loaned us this interesting objects which we aim to put on display soon.  These items belonged to his father and we are delighted to have them on loan.

haaf netters at the devils porridge museum

Haaf Net Fishing is a Norse style of fishing that was adopted by the people of this local area of Solway Firth after Viking settlements and it involves the person going to the middle of the body of water with a big net than the person would place the net under the water then when a fish is caught the net is taken out of the water.

haaf net fishing needles

These objects (photographed above) are what was used to ‘knit’ the net used for this style of fishing because the people of the area had to make their own net out of hemp.  The net would be knitted by the fisherman and his wife. This six objects are three knitting needles (bottom of photo) and three measures (top of the photo).  One measure to make nets catching salmon (top left), one for nets for catching trout (middle top) and one for nets catching baby trout (top right).

For more information on haaf netting, see:

New Object of the Month

Object of the Month for January

By Collections blog

This object was recently donated to the Museum. It is an Auxiliary Territorial Service (or ATS) coat from World War Two. It was owned by a young woman called Elizabeth who was originally from Lancashire but was stationed in Stirling during the War. Her daughter, from Lockerbie, donated this coat to the Museum.

New Object of the Month

One of the most interesting parts of this donation was inside the overcoat. On the outside, it is a standard issue military style coat but inside are numerous felt badges from different countries and regiments involved in World War Two.  The donor didn’t know what these badges were, and she was curious to know how her mother acquired them.

New Object of the Month

Some of our young volunteers managed to find out what all the badges were, but we don’t know why Elizabeth had them (they were probably tokens or mementoes from people she met during the War).

New Object of the Month

Here are some of the most interesting badges which she has collected:

Igloo with a star: Exercise Eskimo Badge

Rainbow and flaming sword: Post WW2 U.S. Forces European command

Red gate: British troops in Northern Ireland

3 yellow stripes: Overseas service

Tigers face: British army, South East Command UK

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