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The Devil's Porridge Museum

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Address: Annan Road | Near Stanfield Farm, Eastriggs DG12 6TF, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1461 700021
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Discover the remarkable wartime story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on...

Discover the remarkable wartime story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth and the extraordinary lives of the Munitions Girls who worked there. Built during WW1, HM Factory Gretna stretched nine miles along the Solway Coast and produced more cordite explosive than all the other factories combined. Through unique objects and interactive displays, our museum brings to life the secret wartime history of Southwest Scotland and Cumbria. Stay and enjoy our Café and free wifi.

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Excellent first and second world war social history.

An excellent exhibition that is very interesting and suitable for both adults and children. The information is presented in lots of different ways and has been very well thought... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
cathie22016
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

a modest museum, needing a bit more to round out an understanding of the chemistry processes and application. Overall the messages were a bit grim although the staff were helpful and friendly.. Small cafe was good.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent exhibition that is very interesting and suitable for both adults and children. The information is presented in lots of different ways and has been very well thought out. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Easy to reach and well signed. Well worth a visit.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place en route to wet caerlaverock. Spent about an hour here. Very helpful guides and such an interesting story. Highly recommended if you are in the area! Perhaps try and find the BBC documentary on the web about the girls in the explosives factories and watch that too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a good two hours in this small but great Museum. It tells the story of the ww1 munitions factory built in the first war and the two towns built for the workforce. Well laid out and great volunteer staff. Well worth a visit.

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Liverpool
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum tells the story of a vast factory built during the First World War to make just one product, Cordite, which was used in ammunition. The factory is quoted as being nine miles long, because making high explosives is not without danger, and it's good to space things out. Run by volunteers, the museum is placed in a nice... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with my school class and all I can say is that it is amazing! Only living 15 minutes drive away I was unaware that this was on my doorstep. Steeped in local history about WW1 and WW2 and the ammunitions factory that employed so many people predominantly women, I could have spent all day there. The volunteers who... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here to break our journey confident we'd get a cup of tea. We got a great pot of tea, supersize and gorgeous tray bake portions but were disappointed - we should have come here for lunch!! Great welcome, an interesting personal introduction to the museum and its stories. Fascinating and tragic in equal measure. Interesting displays with plenty... More 

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Kilbirnie, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Really interesting museum, lots of interesting interactive displays. Great insight into a dangerous, but essential industry in WW1. Also covers the Quintinshill Rail Disaster in depth, the worst rail disaster in British history, which happened close by, also during WW1. Bright and airy museum, shop and small cafe serving snacks. Great welcome and explanation of the museum, even more remarkable... More 

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Dufftown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Heard of this museum quite by chance and made a detour to get here. We're glad we did. A lot of really interesting material brought an era to life. Staff were good - the only downside, which made for a four rather than a five - is that the museum is a victim of its own success. We had to... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

If your into ww1 and 2 then this is a place to visit ,The museum is small with 2 floors by stairs or lift , It charts the history of the site and the 30.000 people who worked there producing bullets and shells for the war effort,Its full of facts and figures with displays,It's by far the most fascinating museum... More 

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