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The Devil's Porridge

Stansfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs | Dumfries and Galloway DG12 6TF, Eastriggs DG12 6TQ, Scotland
+44 1461 700021
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Eastriggs
Type: Museums
Owner description: This much loved attraction which tells the story of the vast munitions factory constructed during the First World War and of the people who worked... more » Owner description: This much loved attraction which tells the story of the vast munitions factory constructed during the First World War and of the people who worked here has now moved to custom built facilities. The attraction has been updated to make it more interactive and informative. All ages enjoy the story. There is plenty for children to do and their parents and grandparents will enjoy the fascinating story of HM Factory Gretna. We now have a cafeteria and better facilities to host group visits, bus tours, etc. « less
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Visited the new building for the Devil's Porridge. Very interesting and the staff very helpful. It makes you think what our ancesters went through and gives you an insight to their hardships. We have a lot to Thank them for, the museum is very educational and it caters to all ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Recently re-opened in new premises. Interesting for adults and fascinating for the young children who can try their skills on interactive touch screens. Educational and informative of times gone by. Manned by volunteers, who are. Still getting to grips with their various tasks and clearly enjoying it. Small cafeteria. Shortage of car parking (off road) at present due to area... More

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West Lothian, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We visited the museum on the 15/08/14 with my aunt and uncle who live in the area. We were met by a lovely gentleman who told us all about Cordite (Devils Porridge). He spent a good ten minutes telling us all about the history of the village of Greta and the munitions site itself. It really was fascinating and added... More

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it. As I've said before we were a bit nervous about how people would react to the new display. Luckily overall people have been very positive. You are right, we need to do more upstairs - its the downside to having more space; it looks less! More

Newcastleton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Visited the Devils Porridge today, very worthwhile visit, it makes you think what these people went through, both at home & at the front-line. Very much in its infancy at the new building, it can only get better, definitely worth a visit. Credit must go to everybody involved, the staff are all volunteers, very polite, informative & very helpful.

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words, Neil. Our new facility has been phenomenally successful and our volunteers have been rushed off their feet. Glad we were still able to find time to welcome you and chat about the museum and the factory which is why we all do it! More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I visited this exhibition on the centenary of the start of the war and feel that it is an insightful testimony to this area's experience of war. It is interactive and has been designed with the education of young people in mind. The displays are stimulating and balance the communication of information with visual stimuli and activities very well. There... More

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

Couldn't agree more! We have moved into new premises where we hope we have used the artifacts in a more directed way to tell the story. As we are all volunteers it has been a major challenge for us just to move. Our next opportunity which we are looking forward to is to extend the exhibits to the first floor.... More

Gretna Green, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

What a let down unless you are turned on by modern equipment. No atmosphere, few props and everything looks new. Yes it is a new building but the props and design of the old building gave a sense of the times whereas the new is just new. I visited the old museum with the same grandchildren as today. In the... More

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

Sorry you were disappointed with your visit. We expected that there would be mixed reactions although the balance seems to be that people like the new more professional presentation in the modern building. This is not to say you are wrong and I have sympathy with what you say. In fairness there is a lot for children to do apart... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Visited this exhibition a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. It has now moved to a purpose built centre. Excellent and interesting displays about the part the area played in the first world war. Suitable for children. Credit must go to the fund raising team who have put together this exhibition. Cannot comment on the cafe, though it appeared... More

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

Pleased you enjoyed your visit. The new site has proved to be very popular and we're just drawing breath. As you say we now have a proper café and we hope you will be able to try it out on your next visit. People tell us it's fab! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Amazed at the amount of information packed into such a tiny space. I am glad to see a new bigger place will be opening at the end of july to really do justice to all the hard work the volunteers have obviously put in over the years. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the exhibits were interesting as... More

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. As you say we are moving to our new location at the end of July. Our new premises are still in Eastriggs and will be signposted. We will continue in our present home until then so it is probably your last chance to view the current exhibition. More

North East Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Having watched "Coast" a few year's back we were aware of the munitions' factories in the area so decided to call into this little museum on our way to Galloway. It is not difficult to find and there is plenty of parking. There are also plenty of exhibits! The current exhibition is indoors and cramped but they are moving to... More

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, as much of the site is still in ministry of defence hands, it is impossible to access the site. However we do sell guides to the village of eastriggs and we'll look to putting together some themed walks. More

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Sometimes you learn something that just blows your mind. So it was with this exhibition. Spotted the sign on the way to Dumfries and decided to call in on the way back. First thing to note is the warmth of the welcome from the volunteer staff. The introduction to the ehibition set the scene for an hour and a half... More

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Wellfan, Public Relations Manager at The Devil's Porridge, responded to this review

So heartening! As you suspected we're pretty passionate about our history! Glad you enjoyed yourself! More

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