The Devils Porridge Museum is situated 19 miles
southeast of Dumfries, 4 miles northwest of
off the A75 road at the village of Eastriggs.
The Devils Porridge Museum is open Monday –
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM, also with
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The museum is situated where one of the largest
munitions factories was located, about 7 miles long,
producing vast amounts of munitions during both world
The area was mainly used for producing cordite,
like cotton wool mixed with Nitroglycerin, a highly
The cordite was used in large guns on ships or
land, that fired up to 16 inch shells, weighing over
a ton, up to 20 miles in distance.
A shell would be inserted into the gun, then a
roll of cordite behind the shell. The cordite was
then exploded to propel the shell.
The mixing bowl right shows the size mixed in each
batch, as this was enough to blow a huge crater in
the ground, and kill everyone in the unit.
Women were used to mix the concoction by hand so
as to reduce the risk of explosions.
There were many small units spaced out over the
seven mile long site. This was so if one exploded, it
did not set off explosions in other units.
The women were known to develop health problems
and were often seen loosing teeth, and their hair
would turn yellow.
One of the most touching photos in the museum
shows Second World War children arriving off trains
in the Gretna area, with luggage tags showing who
These children were moved out of cities into the
country to avoid becoming casualties of German
bombing raids on Scottish cities.
The children arrived only with small bags and gas
The museum gives information on the two world wars
and the worst train disaster ever recorded.
In 1915, five trains collided
at a signal box at Gretna Green, including a troop
train and an express, killing over 200 people, mostly
soldiers on route to the Gallipoli campaign in
The museum also gives information on the towns
that grew up overnight to house the workers, working
conditions, community spirit, and women's football
that became famous world wide.