The Sheffield Star has now published "100 years of Stainless Steel" - launch article. WE feature in there - a chapter on Portland Works and why it was so important in 1913/14.
Video interview for Sheffield Star newspaper highly recommended! Stuart, Julia and Derek 19 March 2014
The Timewalk project (for facebook users)
BBC Breakfast Show 7 January 2013 - this is part of a piece on national news about stainless steel
26March Look North
Missed us on Heritage Heroes? - An excerpt is still on iPlayer
The Look North / Calendar spots in February produced a lot of interest - which helped the share issue to top £200,000 shortly afterwards.
Sheffields very own 'NowThen' magazine had a double page spread in issue 49
Yorks Post 21 September 2011
Newspaper articles... a selection of the best...
Sheffield Star 21 June 2011
Yorkshire Post 16 June 2011
and finally... BBC
WEBSITE UPDATED 26 March 2012
BBC website Portland works in pictures, April 2010
The lovely people at Exposed Magazine have written yet another article about the campaign ... thank you!
Stuart's staring out from behind that blade again!
Very good article about the project here
Good publicity for the campaign - read it here
Now Then magazine, Sheffield's own Arts and creative industries magazine. The October issue (download here, look for page 4 on the pdf) has an article about the share issue for the upcoming purchase of the works.
Radio Sheffield reported on Portland Works in April 2010
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/sheffield/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8635000/8635300.stm Listen to the audio and flick through the photo essay- they're fab!
�On the corner of Hill Street and Randall Street in Sheffield,
not far from the Bramall Lane ground of Sheffield United (known,
for a reason, as the Blades) is a large brick building called the
Portland Works. Built in the 1870s, it is one of very few workshops
still used by the city's surviving Little Mesters - the highly
skilled, self-employed craftsmen who formed the backbone of what
was, back then, the cutlery and tool-making capital of the world.
Sometime in late 1913, a metallurgist called Harry Brearley showed up at this building, hoping to interest a cutler who worked there, RF Mosley, in a shiny, chromium-heavy steel alloy he had discovered that seemed almost completely resistant to corrosion. Mosley was indeed interested, and soon enough the first stainless steel cutlery ever made left the Portland Works.
Next month, Sheffield city council's planning committee will consider an application to turn Portland Works into 66 studio apartments and some office space. The structure itself is Grade II* listed, and the development looks sympathetic enough. But if it goes ahead, the small group of present-day Little Mesters who occupy the Portland's warren of workshops - a knifemaker, a tool forger, a silver plater, an engraver, a die maker - will be gone, probably for good.
"I'd estimate that more people in the world today eat with stainless steel knives and forks than speak English," says Robin Wood, chair of a newly formed lobby group, the Heritage Crafts Association, which is being launched today at the Victoria & Albert museum. "You could argue it's our biggest cultural export. So it seems quite extraordinary that we can protect the bricks and mortar of a place like this, but not care in the least about the skills and craftsmanship that are so much of this city's culture and identity."
Modern Britain, it seems, is not much fussed about the skills and knowledge that exist only in the minds, eyes and hands of people who make things - our living vernacular heritage. We like them, in a rose-tinted, nostalgic kind of way, but we don't do much to support them. Read the rest here�
Andy Cole of Wigful Tools was on Radio Sheffield yesterday, 9th February- the link to the show is here if you would like to listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0067r7q/The_Toby_Foster_Bigger_at_Breakfast_Show_09_02_2010/