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Heart of Stone at Portland Museum

Friends of Portland Museum in partnership with the museum’s writer in residence, Sarah Acton, present a special fundraiser in the stone room of the museum on 12th December, with a Christmas flavour!

As part of the Heart of Stone residency project Sarah hosts a speakeasy night ‘in conversation’ with Island men who work and have worked Portland stone. The live conversation is a celebration of the ‘men of stone’ and life on Portland past, present and future, and takes the form of an intimate chat…in public with an audience who can also participate! This is a one-off opportunity not to be missed, and if previous discussion cafes are anything to go by, it should be a genuinely fascinating, informal and entertaining insight into pre-mechanisation quarrying, and a way of life that has changed significantly in living memory.

It’s a rare opportunity to hear and participate in exclusive memories and share stories of quarrying on the Island pre-mechanisation. We’d love to hear from anyone working with Portland stone or connected to it in any way to invite them to join us on the night.

This fundraiser is part of the Heart of Stone project inspired by Skylark Durston’s appearance in the Look Stranger! Heart of Stone TV programme (1971). Skylark was a poet and stone mason, one of the much loved local Portland poets along with Bob Woollage and George Davey.

Mulled wine and mince pies are included in the ticket price….plus raffle!
All proceeds from the evening go towards Portland Museum.

Date: Thursday 12th December
Time: 6.30pm-8pm
Venue: Portland Museum
Tickets: £5/ £4 for Friends of Museum
Includes: mince pies and mulled wine/juice
Contact: Sarah Acton [email protected]
Buy tickets: email [email protected]/ call 01305 860262


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