Welcome to Heritage Open Day 2020
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, and it’s all free.
For 2020, Portland Works has created a virtual programme of events to celebrate this Grade 2* listed building. It is a great opportunity to view the progress of restoration and repair completed over the last 7 years in a new and exciting way.
A little history
Portland Works is a Grade 2* listed building. It was bought in 2013 through a community financed project after 5 years of campaigning. It is a rare example of a Victorian integrated cutlery factory, and is the place where stainless steel knives were made commercially for the very first time by R F Mosley in 1914. Today it is the home of over 30 businesses housed in the workshops refurbished and restored by a fantastic group of (mainly) volunteers. You can see and hear from volunteers, tenants, supporters and the Friends of Portland Works showing some of their current restoration work. All included in our online event.
As you view the online tour with commentary, photography exhibition and short films you will be encouraged to imagine the people who worked here and learn about the conditions they experienced and how things have changed for factory workers since 1879.