People are known to have lived on Portland since Neolithic times and over the centuries the Island has hosted foreign invaders, pirates, military garrisons, convicts, sailors, itinerant workers and artists, all of whom helped expand the population and contribute to the varied character and landscape.

Dr Marie Stopes

Dr Marie Stopes

Portland’s Museum reveals something of the nature of the local people whose lives were often based around the skills and knowledge required to work with the soil, the sea and the stone.