The Devil's Porridge Museum

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Stansfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs
DG12 6TF

  • Phone: 01461 700021

In 1915, Britain was in crisis. To prevent almost certain defeat in World War One, the government took control of a section of land spanning the Anglo-Scottish border nine miles long and two miles wide. Here they would build an immense factory to mix the 'devil's porridge' (cordite) to make munitions. 30,000 people worked at HM Factory Gretna at its height and the work was mainly done by young women. The Devil's Porridge Museum tells the story of this undertaking exploring how this region was transformed by World War One and Two. Its displays include: objects and accounts of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, items relating to the State Management of Alcohol (1916-1973) and oral testimonies, objects and photographs connected to the Solway Military Coast from 1939 onwards and Scotland's First Nuclear Power Station, Chapelcross. The Museum is volunteer led and run.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm Last entry 45 minutes prior to closing.


Adults: £6.00 Concessions (Over 60 and children 5-16): £5.00 Children under 5: Free Families (2 adults and up to 3 children): £15.00

Travel directions:

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

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Auditorium
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Education facilities available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Conference facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Studio/working space available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Cafeteria
  • Parking for coaches
  • Picnic area
  • Public car park
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Study facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Breastfeeding facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Bicycle park
  • Members/Friends facilities offered
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-fi available
  • Research facilities for academics

Facilities information:

Cafe Toilets Car Park Coach Parking Accessible Toilets Lift


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Regular children's club
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Public access to stores available
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Handling sessions
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Guided tours
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Online shop
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Early years education service available
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Professional development and training for teachers
  • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available
  • Support for extended schools services available
  • Video-conferencing service available

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