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Poetry in the Garden @ Portland Museum
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come along and enjoy our poet-in-residence, Sarah Acton’s wonderful poetry in the garden session. As part of Sarah’s exceedingly popular Heart of Stone project, this is a chance for you to listen and perhaps read a favourite poem or two.

Guided Walk around St. George’s Church Graveyard @ St. George’s Church Graveyard
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a wonderful guided walk around St. George’s Churchyard, led by Jeff Proctor.

Discover Portland’s past in its 2,500 headstones!
Come along and hear stories of the local people, details of the strange burial laws from days gone by and answers to all of your questions on the churchyard and its history.

Monday October the 7th 2:00pm at St George’s Church.
£3.00 per person, includes light refreshments in the church afterwards with time for further questions. This event is organised by Portland Museum with proceeds going to both the museum and St George’s Church.

Please phone 01305 821804 to book as we were vastly oversubscribed for the last walk and Jeff has very generously offered to take another later in the day if needed .

(photograph by John Piper [c. 1930s-1980s] from the Tate Archive)

Poetry Reading @ Portland Museum
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The museum is excited to announce another new and unique project that will be taking place from Tuesday 9th July: Heart of Stone: A writing residency at Portland Museum. The museum is working with poet, writer and creative facilitator, Sarah Acton, to bring to life the heritage of Portland’s stone quarries, including real and imagined lives shaped by Portland Stone past, present and future, through creative writing, poetry and performance.

The project, in partnership with Jurassic Coast Trust Volunteer Network, takes inspiration from Portland’s local poet and stone mason, Cecil ‘Skylark’ Durston, and his observational poems about working the stone, and life on the Island before the mechanisation of the quarries. His reflections were recorded as part of the Look Stranger! TV series in an episode called Heart of Stone (1971), from which the project takes its name.

You can meet Sarah and listen to readings from her new work-in-development at the end of the residency today from 2 – 3 pm in the Stone Room of the Museum.

Halloween Spooktacular @ Portland Museum
Oct 30 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Please come along and join us for our last children’s event day of this season. We will have lots of spooky craft activities to make and take home, and a treasure hunt amongst other jollities. Please come dressed up for Halloween and join in the fun.

We will have refreshments, light snacks and home baking to enjoy or bring your own lunch and eat it in the garden.

Please contact us by phone or email to let us know how many of you will be coming along for us to keep an eye on numbers as there are no pre-booked tickets. Last entry will be 3pm.