The Museum’s stone exhibit, housed in ‘Avice’s cottage’, tells the story of the Portland stone industry, from quarrying and processing to its use in prestige buildings and memorials around the world.

stone-002-239x300Craftsmen and artisans have worked with Portland’s stone since Roman times, an experience that has contributed distinctly to the Island’s culture and the character of its people. The quantities of stone exported over the last millennium is incalculable, Sir Christopher Wren alone transported around a million cubic feet for the building of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.