Discover the remarkable wartime story of the greatest munitions factory on Earth and the extraordinary lives of the people who worked there. Through objects and interactive displays, our museum brings to life our secret wartime history.
The Devil's Porridge Museum tells the remarkable story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth, HM Factory Gretna. Built during the First World War, the factory stretched nine miles along the Solway Coast and at its height, produced more cordite explosive than all the other UK factories combined.
In less than one year, two new townships had been designed and built by the pioneers of the Garden City movement; Eastriggs and Gretna provided housing, amenities and recreation for the 30,000 factory workers who came from all across the Empire.
Through unique objects and interactive displays, our new museum in Eastriggs brings to life the secret wartime history of southwest Scotland and Cumbria. Explore life in the trenches, learn about the worst rail disaster in British history and discover what life was like in the factory and the hostels for the thousands of people that helped Britain win the war.