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The Devil’s Porridge Museum

The Devil’s Porridge Museum is currently entering an exciting new phase in its history.  It has already gone through several incarnations and transformations in the 25 years since it started in St John’s Church, Eastriggs.  It took another big bold step in 2014 when it moved into its current building and the next step is to get its World War One collection recognised as being of significance to the nation.


“There are only 50 Recognised Collections in Scotland” explained Judith Hewitt, Museum Manager, “and we hope to become number 51!”  This prestigious accolade will help to further safeguard of the Museum and its collection of historic objects and it should also help to share the story of HM Factory Gretna with more people.

unique objects such as the fireless loco

“Applying for Recognised Collection status is quite a lengthy process but we are well underway with letters of support flying in.” continued Judith.  “I also have to speak with other museums to see what objects they have that relate to Gretna and the vital war work done near here in munitions.  At the moment, I haven’t been able to find much in collections such as those at the Imperial War Museum.  This makes our argument easier to make – we have a unique collection which must be protected for the future.”


The outcome of the Museum's application for this prestigious award will be public knowledge by October 2021.  Fingers crossed!

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