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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.