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News
Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Lots of Media coverage!

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.

"Ade in Britain" 15 March  - see on ITV Player (starts at 14 minutes)

Video interview for Sheffield Star newspaper highly recommended! Stuart, Julia and Derek 19 March

Sheffield Live radio  - podcast- interview with Derek Morton 25 March

The Timewalk project (for facebook users)

See us in Sheffield Telegraph 7 March 2013, (very good article)  also Yorkshire Post (rather innaccurate!) and we caught Radio Sheffield and Look North's eye!

Guardian Northerner blog 8 March 2013   and  Northerner blog 24 Feb 2013!

BBC Breakfast Show 7 January 2013 - this is part of a piece on national news about stainless steel 

26 March ITV Calendar video

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 

Sheffield Telegraph 'Victory' story 1 April   Yorks Post 27 March,   Sheffield Star 26 March

Sheff Telegraph 2 FebYorkshire Post 3 Feb Sheffield Star 3 Feb and Yorkshire Times 4 Feb and Look North  + Calendar on 6 Feb and Heritage Heroes on BBC2 clip on iPlayer and Sheffield Star

Sheffield Star 24 Oct 2011 Sheffield Telegraph letters - 17 Nov 2011

Yorks Post 21 September 2011

Sheffield Telegraph  4 August 2011 and 17 March 2011

BBC Radio Sheffield Interview with Stuart Mitchell and Derek Morton - click to download the podcast - see their website BBC Radio Sheffield 

Newspaper articles... a selection of the best...

Sheffield Star  21 June 2011

Yorkshire Post  16 June 2011

Previous articles in the Yorkshire Post - full page story  Feb 2010 and  Feb 2009

Sheffield Telegraph 17 March 2011 and an excellent article from early days, 28 Jan 2010

and finally...  BBC WEBSITE UPDATED 26 March 2012

BBC website Portland works in pictures, April 2010

 
Press
Wednesday, 15th June 2011

Exposed Magazine: Save Portland Works!

The lovely people at Exposed Magazine have written yet another article about the campaign ... thank you!

Read June 2011 article

Read March 2011 article

Press
Thursday, 17th March 2011

Sheffield Telegraph 16 March 2011

Stuart's staring out from behind that blade again!

Very good article about the project here

Good publicity for the campaign - read it here

Blog
Wednesday, 20th October 2010

Now Then magazine October 2010

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.

Press
Sunday, 25th April 2010

BBC Radio Sheffield

Radio Sheffield reported on Portland Works in April 2010

BBC website report here

or LISTEN to the programme here

Blog
Friday, 23rd April 2010

BBC Website

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!

Blog
Tuesday, 23rd March 2010

Portland Works in Guardian G2 feature

�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�
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/22/heritage-crafts-at-risk

Blog
Wednesday, 10th February 2010

Radio Sheffield: Portland Works

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/

Press
Monday, 8th February 2010

"The paint may be peeling..."

Yorkshire Post full page article 8 Feb 2010

Link to article