1915: a time of cataclysmic change. Britain was losing the war through lack of ammunition... until 30,000 men and women came from all over the world to live and work in Eastriggs in the greatest munitions factory on earth. The Devil’s Porridge was the explosive paste which workers fashioned into ammunition for the British troops. Find out about the skeletons in the cupboard – the tales of Irish navvies and munitions workers on the wrong side of the law. As a result, Eastriggs also saw the arrival of 167 female police officers in June 1918, forming the largest women’s police force in Britain.
You can also experience the huge changes Britain has experienced since World War II. Explore the newly created 1940s house complete with its original Anderson Shelter, where whole families took shelter during the bombing. Use an interactive computer to recreate the experience of an evacuee and meet the 40s housewife demonstrating just how tough life was during WW2.
Directions: On the A75 between Annan and Gretna, take the Eastriggs turn-off, signposted “The Devils Porridge”. At the end of the slip road go straight on over the crossroads for 200 yards. The exhibition is on the left. Parking for 20 cars.