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Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016
The museum which charts the history of a First World War munitions factory, is the first one to won the award.
The award was presented by VisitScotland chairman John Thurso to Heritage group chairman Richard Brodie.
Brodie said, “We are committed to offering visitors the highest standards to ensure their experience of our museum and Dumfries and Galloway as a whole is the very best.
“The museum has some-thing for everyone and we hope visitors go home with a unique understanding of what life was like during World War One and the remarkable contribution that was made by the factory.”
Lord Thurso said, “I was delighted to present The Devil’s Porridge Museum with their five star award.
“VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance schemes are world-leading and provide a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors.
“They allow you to not just meet visitor expectations, but exceed them.”
The museum tells the story of HM Factory Gretna and the lives of the 30,000 people who worked there. Featuring interactive displays and exhibitions, the museum offers an insight into what life was like for the workers who flocked to the area to do their bit for their country. It also looks at what it was like to be a soldier on the front line in the Great War.
The factory stretched nine miles along the Solway coast and at its height produced more cordite explosive – dubbed Devil’s Porridge by then Home Secretary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – than all the other UK factories combined.