Devil's Porridge Exhibition

Devil's Porridge Exhibition
Daleside Farm, Butterdales Road, Eastriggs
DG12 6TQ




01461 700021

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The Devil's Porridge Exhibition was founded in 1997 by Richard Brodie and tells the story of the greatest munitions factory on earth. 9 miles long and 2 miles wide HM Factory Gretna employed 30,000 people during the First World War, most of them women, and produced 800 tons of cordite every week. The museum is run almost entirely by local volunteers and recently featured on BBC2's Coast. The museum usually contains a temporary exhibition and holds events throughout the year.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

2nd April - 30th October 2011
Mon-Sat 10.00-16.00
Sun 12.00-16.00

Closed: Winter months. November - April.

Admission charges

Adults: £3.50
Concessions (Over 60 and children 8-16): £2.50
Children under 8: Free
Families (2 adults 2 concessions): £8.00

The main exhibition area is dedicated to HM Factory Gretna and includes three of the original nitrating pans used to mix raw cotton with acid to make gun cotton. The First World War collection includes artefacts reflecting the nature of trench warfare. The State Managed Pub display charts the history of the Carlisle and District State Management Scheme. The WWII collection illustrates life on the home front, and the Quintinshill Rail Disaster memorial includes items from the wreckage.

Collection details

Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Cordite Makers
  • Mixing the Devil's Porridge
  • KB Quinan
  • Trench Life
  • Ideal Communities: Eastriggs and Gretna
  • State Management Scheme
  • Qunintinshill Rail Disaster
  • The Evacuees
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Rebecca West
  • Raymond Unwin
  • Courtney Crickmer