Devil's Porridge Museum

The outside of The Devil's Porridge Museum
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The Devil's Porridge Exhibition was founded in 1997 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 by 1917 produced 1100 tons of cordite every week.
The museum also tells visitors about the Quintinshill Rail disaster and life in the area during WWII. We have a cafe and small shop on offer too.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Last entry 45 minutes prior to closing.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.00
Concessions (Over 60 and children 5-16): £4.00
Children under 5: Free
Families (2 adults and up to 3 children): £12.50

Getting there

Easily accessible by car, situated just off the A75.
Nearest train stations are Annan and Gretna.

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

Getting there

Easily accessible by car, situated just off the A75.
Nearest train stations are Annan and Gretna.

Devil's Porridge Museum
Stansfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs
DG12 6TF




01461 700021

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