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Museum retains five star rating

By Donald Turvill
Annan and Eskdale
Museum retains five star rating

IT’S another perfect score for the Devil’s Porridge Museum.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Eastriggs attraction has been awarded a five-star rating from VisitScotland.

And after recently having to delay reopening to the public due to new coronavirus restrictions, the good news was welcomed by staff and volunteers who keep the museum ticking.

Chairman of Devil’s Porridge and Annandale South Councillor, Richard Brodie, said the award is “all down to the dedication of our volunteers and the professionalism of our staff that we continue to maintain high standards.”

Despite the ongoing closure, the museum is continuing to explore local history and the area’s past, having just launched a series of free online talks.

Manager Judith Hewitt said: “Each talk will be on a different topic. The first was on Dorothée Pullinger, a pioneering female engineer, she built the Tongland Factory near Kirkcudbright in the 1920s and it was here that the Galloway Car was built, a car ‘made by ladies for ladies’.

“Following this we have a talk on February 15th on Love in Wartime and one on March 22nd on female engineers in Dumfries and Galloway.

“Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite or the Museum’s Facebook page. We hope these free talks will be of interest and serve our community well in these dark, cold (and possibly, lonely) winter evenings.”

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