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Poster for all the workshops and activities held at The Devil's Porridge Museum in October 2022.

History and Halloween

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This Ocotber holiday we have an programme of free ‘History and Halloween’ activities for young people. You can take a look at our full programme of ‘History and Halloween’ events below.

 

Monday 17th October 2022

 

 

Time Bandits

10am – 4pm

Go back in time to learn all about WW1 with the Time Bandits.

They will have costumes, object handling opportunities and more.

No need to book for this event.

Free with entry into The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

 

Tuseday 18th October 2022

Spooky Storytelling

11am -12pm

An hour of stories and interactive activities, entwined with a hint of local history.

These stories will be told by Mostly Ghostly. Learn more about them here>

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Wednesday 19th October 2022

Mexican Day of the Dead.

11am – 12pm

Have your face painted with Catrina make up and build a Day of the Dead altar.

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Thursday 20th October 2022

Create a Halloween Book

11am – 12pm

Have fun creating your own book of scary Scottish legends.

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Monday 24th Ocotber 2022

 

Halloween Monster Crafts

11am -12pm

Join us to create some crazy monster crafts!

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Tuesday 25th October 2022

Halloweeen Lanterns

11am – 12pm

Create your own haunting Halloween glass jar lantern to light up the night.

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Wednesday 26th October 2022

 

Create a Halloween Wreath

11am – 12pm

Bats, pumpkins and witches hats! Make a Halloween wreath out of these shapes and more that you can use to decorate your house.

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Thursday 27th October 2022

Haunting Halloween Masks

11am -12pm

Make your very own spooky Halloween mask in this fun free activity at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Friday 28th October 2022

Children’s Haloween Party

6.30pm – 8.30pm

The Devil’s Porridge Museum is excited to host our annual Halloween party! For children ages 5-12.

There will be spooky Halloween decorations, music, food and games!

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and have a chance to win best dressed boy or girl!

Places are limited. Due to popularity, we have limited the number of bookings to 3 per person.

Please book your place on Eventbrite here>

 

Summer of Fun programme at The Devil's Porridge Museum in 2022.

Summer of Fun

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Enjoy a summer of fun at The Devil’s Porridge Museum with a variety of free activites for young people during the summer holidays. You can read our full summer of fun programme below.

 

Thursday 7th July 2022

Mini Magic Houses

10:30 to 11:30AM

Make your own mini house for a magical creature to plant in your garden. It could be for a fairy, dragon, centaur, unicorn or anything else you can imagine!

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Tuseday 12th July 2022

Rocking Rock Painting

10:30 to 11:30AM

Decorate rocks and hide them around Eastriggs for people for people to find.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Thursday 14th July 2022

Let’s Go Build a Kite!

10:30 to 11:30AM

Have fun building your own kite in this craft activity.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Tuseday 2nd August 2022

Young Jewellers

10:30 to 11:30AM

Have a go at making your own jewellery.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Thursday 11th August 2022

Aquarium Adventures

10:30 to 11:30AM

Ever wanted your own aqauarium? Now’s your chance! Have some fishy fun making your own Mason jar aquarium.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Tuseday 16th August 2022

Blast Off!

10:30 to 11:30AM

Go to infinity and beyond making your own baking soda rocket!

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Tuseday 23rd August 2022

Sparkle Snail

10:30 to 11:30AM

Make your own stylish snail at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Tuseday 30th August 2022

Sunprint Handprint

10:30 to 11:30AM

Make a sun from your handprints in this craft activity.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Please book your place here>

 

Monday 4th July – Wednesday 31st August 2022

Mystery Trail

A brand new mystery trail for young people will be in place around the museum. Free with entry into The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

You can book your visit into The Devil’s Porridge Museum  online here>

Coronation Crown Making activity poster for an event at The Devil's Porridge Museum in June 2022.

Platinum Jubilee Celebration

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Join us to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee at The Devil’s Porridge Museum!

 

Friday 3rd June 2022

Coronation Crown Making

Join us to make a free paper crown to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

Places are limited. Book your place by phoning: 01461 700021

 

Monday 30th May – Sunday 5th May

Free Colouring In

Young people visiting The Devil’s Porridge Museum or eating in the cafè during the Jubilee week will recieve some free colouring in, while supplies last.

We would be delighted to see some of your completed colouring. You can share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Book your visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum online here>

 

 

Gardening club poster from 2022

Gardening Club

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Gardening Club will continue on Saturday 28th May 2022.

From 10 am – 12 noon

Ever fancied growing your own food?

If so come to gardening club to help to grow fresh produce in The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Dig for Victory Garden. Learn new gardening skills and have fun!

Please book your place by phoning: 01461 700021

Egg-cellent Easter Events!

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Join us at The Devil’s Porridge Museum from Monday 4th April to Monday 18th April for a variety of egg-citing FREE Easter events for young people, which are perfect for 5-12 year olds!

Read more about our fun Easter events and activies below.

 

Monday 4th & 11th April

Chocolate Creations

10:30 am to 12 noon

Join us to make chocolate nests at The Devil’s Porridge Museum!

Places are limited. Book your place by phoning: 01461 700021

 

Tuesday 5th & 12th April

Crafting Creatures

1 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us at The Devil’s Porridge Museum to create baa-illiant lambs and pom pom chicks.

Places are limited. Book your place by phoning: 01461 700021

 

Wednesday 6th and 13th April

Spring Bag Printing

10:30 am to 12 noon.

Come along to The Devil’s Porridge Museum to create a spring themed design and print it on your own drawstring bag! With local artist Jack O’ Hara.

Places are limited. Book your place by phoning: 01461 700021

 

Thursday 7th & 14th April

Easter Bunny’s Story Time

10:30 am to 12 noon.

Hop along to The Devil’s Porridge Museum to enjoy some lovely stories with the Easter Bunny!

Places are limited. Book your place by phoning: 01461 700021

 

Friday 8th & 15th April

Egg-straordinary Egg Painting

1 pm to 2:30 pm.

Get creative at The Devil’s Porridge Museum and have a crack at egg painting! What egg-straordinary designs will you create?

Places are limited.Book your place by phoning: 01461 700021

 

Monday 4th to Monday 18th April

Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter young people can take part in a very egg-citing Easter egg hunt during their visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum!

Can you track down all the colourful eggs around the museum and spell the word to earn your chocolate treat?

Booking online to visit the Museum is essential to avoid disappointment when we are busy. You can book your visit here: https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/product/tickets

Poster of activities at The Devil's Porridge Museum from February half term in 2022.

Free February Half Term Fun!

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H.M Factory Gretna was the largest munitions factory in WW1 and with two brand new towns and thousands of workers, crime abounded! Put your detecting skills to the test this half term with a series of fun FREE activites for young people at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

 

 

Fictional Felons.

Monday 14th February 1pm – 2:30pm.

Join Jo Clarke, author of ‘Libby and the Parisian Puzzel’ for a fun workshop on writing and learn all about H.M. Factory Gretna’s connection to Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.

Learn more about Jo Clarke on her website here: https://jo-clarke.co.uk/

For children age 7 +

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Call the museum on 01461 700021 to book your place.

 

 

Evening Explorers

Tuesday 15th February 5pm – 7pm.

Families with SEN (special education needs), including those on the autism spectrum disorder are invited to join us at a special late evening opening of The Devil’s Porridge Museum outside of our usual opening hours. With the gallery, sounds videos and interactives turnded off, you can explore the museum at a quiter time, free from the general public. You are also welcome to join in with any of the activities being delivered by the museum over February half term.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Call the museum on 01461 700021 to book your place.

 

Cartoon Club.

Wednesday 16th February 10:30am to 12pm.

Learn how to draw your favourite cartoon character or create your own comic stip. Find out about the marvellous adventures of Scotty-Dog Hamish McDuff & his family.

For children age 7+

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Call the museum on 01461 700021 to book your place.

 

Arts and Crafts Club.

Thursday 17th February 3:30pm to 5pm.

Express your creativity to make something brand new! Join us to paint, draw and so much more at arts and crafts club!

For children age 5 – 12.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Call the museum on 01461 700021 to book your place.

 

Secrets and Disguises.

Friday 18th February 3:30pm – 5pm.

Do you think you have what it takes to guard H.M. Factory Gretna from German spies? Learn how to decode secret messages in invisible ink, dust for fingerprints and make your own book safe in this fun workshop.

For children age 7 +

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Call the museum on 01461 700021 to book your place.

 

I Spy.

All day, every day, all half term – just ask a member of staff for an activity sheet, during your visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum!

Gretna Girl, Ruby, has just moved into Eastriggs to work at H.M. Factory Gretna, but her suitcase has gone missing! Can you find all her missing items and track down the theif so Ruby gets her stuff back? Look carefully at each of the museum’s displays to find Ruby’s belongings, charge the theif AND learn more about her life in WW1 as a munitions worker!

You can book your vist to The Devil’s Porridge Museum here: https://www.devilsporridge.org.uk/product/tickets

Photo advertising Arts and Crafts club at The Devil's Porridge Museum in 2021.

Arts and Craft Club at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

By Events

Come and join us for some Arts and Craft fun at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

 

This great free after school activity is on Wenesdays from 15:45-16:45.

There will be a diffrent arts and craft activity each week to be enjoyed.

For ages 5-12.

 

To book your place or enquire for further information please contact lauran@devilsporridge.org.uk

Poster for Games club at The Devil's Porridge Museum in 2021.

Games Club at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

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Come along for some traditional and modern games at The Devil’s Porridge Museum. Perfect for after school!

 

The Devil’s Porridge games club runs on Thursday after school from 15:45-16:45.

We have board games, card games and more! Your child is also welcome to bring along any games they enjoy and want to play with others!

For ages 7-16.

 

Book your free place on eventbrite here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/games-at-the-devils-porridge-tickets-172636940737?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&fbclid=IwAR3F80gGioXjbu9v_YGFGNnbr8gHC9p6lyUsa2sEIwCvZnNTgReqWWTXGwE

World War Two Scrapbook Donation

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Some of our young volunteers looked at a recent donation to the Museum this morning: two scrapbooks from World War Two.  Someone during the War carefully cut out newspaper articles and stuck them into books.  These books are now in the Museum’s care.  Here, they have chosen a selection of pages that interested them.

Jake chose this page below. ” I found this page very interesting as it tells the story of a boy – roughly my age –  called Ronnie Sanderson who worked for 14 hours after  a lodging house was bombed and destroyed. Ronnie’s mother had died in a previous Air Raid and his brother was injured and in hospital after helping in a rescue effort. Ronnie was tasked with passing on messages and also helped with moving debris. When asked about what he had done he said he did “nothing special”. At the time he was described as one of Britain’s Bravest Boys.”

Neil chose this picture because: “This picture shows the dramatic events during the evacuation at Dunkirk, it also shows shocking pictures of civilian ships carrying many troops across the channel being escorted by military vessels which I found very interesting and quite an insane sight especially considering how many men were on that beach and how many ships arrived on the coast of France to rescue them.”

Finn chose this picture because: “This article shows the devastating events in the year of 1940 during WW2, and how it show an in depth description of the events in chronological order.  An amazing donation to work with”.

Andy picked the page below and said, “I have chosen this page as it shows a time period of the War when countless people died in the War when Britain attacked Norway in the early stages of War as a strategy to obtain control of the North Sea.”

These young people are participating in our new Saturday Club: a new event each Saturday morning for young people who want to learn about how Museums work.  To find out more, email: manager@devilsporridge.org.uk

A group of museum volunteers and staff.

New Duke of Edinburgh volunteers

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We were very happy to welcome some new young volunteers to the Museum yesterday.  Andy and Jake have both been volunteering with us for a few months now (Jake first volunteered with us when our Access and Learning Officer, Steven Bogle, organised our Social Media takeover day) but they have both decided they would like to volunteer with us more to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.  They have been volunteering in the office with Judith, the Museum Manager, where they have been helping her to sort our paper objects into the correct acid free storage as part of a major re-organisation of the Museum’s object store.

Alana and Finn volunteered with us for the first time on Saturday.  Arna, our Office Manager, showed them the ropes in Front of House and she was impressed with how quickly they took to it and grasped how to operate the till and deal with customers.

We have another young Duke of Edinburgh volunteer starting with us today and we would always welcome the participation of more young people at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.  To inquire, email steven@devilsporridge.org.uk or phone 01461 700021.

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