Scottish Apprenticeship Week – The Devil’s Porridge Museum

The Devil’s Porridge Museum at Eastriggs Near Annan, Dumfries and Galloway is pleased to be celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week and welcoming on board a new Modern Apprentice.

Her name is Desray Coward from Annan.  She will be completing her Modern Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing at the Museum from the end of March.  The qualification takes a year and will see Desray take control of the Museum’s social media, website and online shop.  “We’ve known Desray as a volunteer for the past couple of years” commented Judith Hewitt, Museum Manager, “and we will be delighted to have her working here and completing an apprenticeship.  It is an exciting time to be joining us as we are doing more online outreach than ever with online talks and a conference planned in the next few months.”


The Museum has just started a research project (funded thanks to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Coastal Communities Benefit Fund) to find out as much as possible about the 30,000 people who worked at HM Factory Gretna in World War One.  They are looking for people to get involved as volunteers or from schools.  “If you’re at all interested in this subject, if you have family connection with the Factory or you’re just looking for something different to get involved with this year to develop new skills for your own wellbeing or for your CV or UCAS application, we’d love to see you at our launch event for this project on March 10th at 7pm.” said Judith.  “No prior experience or knowledge is needed: just enthusiasm and access to Zoom!”

To join the launch of ‘The Miracle Workers’ research project, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘devil’s porridge museum’ or email: [email protected] or phone 01461 700021.

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