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Poster for Scotland Beneath the Surface talk by Bruce Keith. This free event is on Friday 26th April 2024 at 2pm in The Devil's Porridge Museum. To book your place please email:

“Scotland Beneath the Surface” by Bruce Keith

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Friday 26th April 2024 at 2pm

Free talk (admission prices still apply to anyone who wants to look around The Devil’s Porridge Museum).

We are delighted to welcome Bruce Keith back to The Devil’s Porridge Museum for another free talk.

This time Bruce Keith will present his third book “Scotland Beneath the Surface.” It’s a subterranean odyssey, exploring the natural and man-made heritage under our feet.

To book your place please email:


A poster advertising Bruce Keith's talk happening on 30th November 2023 from 2 to 3pm. It's about a story of Scottish Milestones and can be booked on The Devil's Porridge Museum's website.

Talk: Are we nearly there yet? By Bruce Keith

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Thursday 30th November 2023

2pm – 3pm

Join us for a talk on the story of Scottish milestones!

Author Bruce Keith will present his book “Are we nearly there yet?”, it’s a story of Scottish milestones- not just distance markers, but early means of measurement, maps and the travellers of the 18th and 19th century whose journals laid the foundation of the Scottish tourist industry.

Bruce will also celebrate the “Top 50 Scots” – the sportsmen and women who have gone the extra mile to set new world records in terms of speed and endurance – so something for everyone!

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. Here you can select the “Are we nearly there yet?” talk.


Poster for a talk given by Bruce Keith in which he presents his book Bridgescapes. This talk happened on 12th May 2023.


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12th May 2023.

2pm – 3pm.

In this talk, Bruce Keith will present his book “Bridgescapes” in The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Bruce Keith’s first book, “Bridgescapes” explores Scotland’s bridges across seven centuries of history, from the 14th century’s Brig o’ Balgownie and the Auld Brig at Dumfries, to the largest three tower cable-stayed bridge in the world, the iconic Queensferry Crossing, which opened in 2017.

Along the way Bruce finds inspiration in the suspension bridges, arched viaducts and aqueducts which carry our roads, railways and canals and have witnessed key moments from our nation’s history. Amongst the characters we encounter are Thomas Telford, John Rennie, John Smeaton, Louis Harper and Sir William Arrol, whose engineering feats both at home and abroad have left a proud heritage of engineering prowess.

Book your place on Eventbrite here>

The Extraordinary Life of the Drummond Sisters online talk poster

The Extraordinary Life of the Drummond Sisters.

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24th May 2022.

The Extraordinary Life of the Drummond Sisters: From Queen Victoria to HM Factory Gretna.

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We’re delighted to announce our first event that is happening both in person at The Devil’s Porridge Museum and online on Zoom. Tickets cost £3.

Hear the story of the god daughter of Queen Victoria who became the first female Marine Engineer in Britain and the first woman to be accepted into the Institute of Marine Engineers.

From a quiet early life at Megginch Castle Perth-shire she went on to serve an engineering apprenticeship in Perth & Dundee, overcoming the early prejudice of the engineering world to sail as 2nd Engineer on both Arctic and Atlantic convoys during World War 2 receiving commendations for her action under enemy fire.

With her sister Jean, who had worked at the munitions factory at Gretna during World War One producing ‘The Devil’s Porridge’, she also established the ‘Victoria Drummond Canteen’ in Lambeth which provided food to victims of the London Blitz throughout World War Two.

The Extraordinary Life of the Drummond Sisters talk will be given by Neil McGarva, who as well as spending 40 years working in the Nuclear Industry has also been involve with the Devil’s Porridge Museum since it started 25 years ago as a small exhibition in a local church, and is currently the museum secretary.

If you chose to attend The Extraordinary Life of the Drummond Sisters talk online the Zoom link will be sent out on the day.

Tickets for those who choose to attend the talk in person at The Devil’s Porridge Museum will be sent out on the day.

Romany Society Certificate

Romany Society Certificate

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Judith Hewitt, the Museum Manager, was given an award by the Romany Society to thank her for organising a talk on Romany on the BBC (G Branwell Evans) at the Museum in 2019. The talk was by David Barnaby who has written about Romany quite widely and donated his archive of Romany research to the Museum. Before finding fame as ‘Romany of the BBC’, G Branwell Evans was a Methodist Minister in Carlisle. He had strong views on the State Management of alcohol scheme (which he published about) and also set up a mission for the workers at HM Factory Gretna with his wife Eunice. They were amongst the people who met the King and Queen during their state visit to the Factory in 1917. Thanks to the Romany Society for recognising the Museum’s work in celebrating anyone connected with HM Factory Gretna in World War One.


We have a book about him available from our online shop:

Kate Hume

Talk: The Strange Case of Kate Hume

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The Strange Case of Kate Hume

Tuesday 25th February at 7pm

£3 per person, payable on the door

No need to book

The family of Andrew Hume, a music teacher living in Dumfries, was it seemed beset by tragedy. After the loss of his son ‘Jock’, a bandsman on the Titanic, in 1912, it was reported in September 1914 that his elder daughter Grace, a nurse working for the Red Cross in Belgium, had been brutally murdered by the advancing German army.



The Hume family’s troubles understandably achieved national prominence. But this was more than a personal disaster. It takes us to the heart of the wider issue of wartime ‘atrocities’ and their impact on the way the First World War was understood at the time and since.



This talk will present a fascinating glimpse into local life at the start of the Twentieth Century.  The talk will be presented by David Dutton who has taught for many years at the University of Liverpool and is now Ramsay Muir Emeritus Professor of Modern History there.  He has written or edited seventeen books and around a hundred chapters and journal articles on twentieth-century British political and diplomatic history.

Some people on the beach in the distance.

Solway Firth Partnership SMILE project talk

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2020 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.  The Devil’s Porridge Museum is located near the Solway Firth and we are part of the Solway Firth Partnership which works “to support a vibrant and sustainable local economy while respecting, protecting and celebrating the distinctive character, heritage and natural features of our marine and coastal area.”

On January 28th 2020, Georgina Reid from the Solway Firth Partnerhip’s SMILE project will be delivering a talk on the work of the Partnership with a particular emphasis on the SMILE project.

The talk will start at 7pm and the cost is £3 per person (payable on the door, no need to book).


SMILE Project

The aim of the Solway Marine Information, Learning and Environment (SMILE) Project is to update the 1996 ‘State of the Solway Review’, using innovative communication methods to gather pan-estuary information, learn from stakeholders and promote a better understanding of the Solway Firth ecosystem.   The update is required in the light of new demands made on the estuary’s resources and in the context of marine planning. The Review will provide some of the evidence by which a sustainable approach to planning and management may be achieved; thereby helping to deliver the ecosystem based marine planning frameworks developed for the Solway. The SMILE Project is a EMFF funded project running until the end of 2020.

Solway Firth Partnership Talk

Biographical information about the speaker

Georgina Reid, SMILE Project officer at Solway Firth Partnership

Studied for her master’s in Marine Spatial Planning and Management in Newfoundland, Canada 2016-18

Interned with the Coastal Zone Management Unit in Barbados in 2018.

For questions and enquiries, please contact Judith on 01461 700021 or email:

For more information on the Solway Firth Partnership see:

What is Solway Firth Partnership?

solway firth partnership

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