Education

The Works volunteer, an interview with Dave Beautyman

This month we had the chance to sit down with Dave Beautyman, a longstanding volunteer at Portland Works. Over the years, Dave has undertaken many tasks that have led to the repair of our building and the maintenance of its…
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Spreading the cultural heritage of Sheffield across the world

One of Portland Works’ key objectives is to build an accessible educational resource for the community and we regularly work closely with both Sheffield universities to welcome their students from across the world. They often become volunteers while here in…
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Event Update: Lectures in Lockdown

In March 2020 the nation went into lockdown, which meant being creative in the way we reached out to our community. A big challenge for Portland Works was changing our Heritage Lectures from face-to-face talks held in our volunteer-created Maker…
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200 People Attend Inaugural Portland Works makers market

Portland Works held its first ever Makers Market recently with a couple of hundred people braving the December weather to attend. Thanks to our volunteers’ hard work the previous weekend, festive decorations adorned the Maker Space where the stall holder…
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Hear the Harry Brearley Story on 17 October from 7 to 9pm

Harry Brearley – Much more than Stainless (1871-1948) An illustrated talk by Robin Fielder, formerly of Sheffield Industrial Museums On Wednesday 17 October, Portland Works will be delighted to welcome Robin Fielder who will deliver the first in a series…
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Portland Works Open Day (12 May 2018)

On Saturday 12 May 2018 there will be a rare opportunity for visitors to visit Portland Works and find out more about our history and makers. We will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm with lots to…
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Visit the Works on a “First Tuesday” Tour

There’s an opportunity to see what goes on within the walls of Portland Works as our regular “First Tuesday” tours are scheduled to start again next month. The first tour will be on Tuesday 6 March at 2pm. This is…
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Reimagining Portland Works – The Book

We recently launched Sheffield’s first community share issue to fund the purchase and refurbishment of Portland Works. In order to get to this stage we explored the options, learnt from the precedents set by other projects, constituted as an IPS,…
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About Portland Works, Sheffield UK

Portland Works – Brief Overview

Portland Works is a community benefit society of traditional and modern craftspeople located within one of the UK’s most important historical industrial buildings. Often referred to as the birthplace of stainless steel manufacturing, Portland Works was built in Sheffield in 1879…
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