Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Now Then magazine October issue (download here, look for page 4 on the pdf) has an article about the share issue for the upcoming purchase of the works.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Portland Works After Dark

Here are a couple of links to films of events we have hosted at Portland Works after dark!

Best wishes,
Fiona x

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Management Structures

I thought these links may be of interest. A chapter from the Urban Design Compendium (English Partnerships et al.), which details the different options for building management structures:

And an HLF THI case study of Butcher Works:

All the best,



Mr Simon Parris

Case Studies

The Naples project is also covered in this website of case studies looking at
> social innovation in urban projects as part of an international research
> project.
> The site is (very) clunky to look at and use, but I think it might be a useful
> starting point to look at what you might want to do...they cover organisation
> structure and funding well I think, and their categories are clear (Why? How?
> What? How Long? Resources etc) but obviously could do with more, and better,
> images, and maybe some diagrams!
> Anna Holder

Porssible Funding Source

Another possibility for funding (for longer term) I suspect - see this link:


Thursday, 20 May 2010

Next Steering Group Meeting

Our next steering group meeting will be at the later time of 6pm on Tuesday 1st June 2010. We will be in room one at the Old Junior School. Please send any agenda items to the usual email.


Monday, 17 May 2010

Portland Works Meeting: Tuesday 18th May 5pm

The next Portland Works Meeting will be this Tuesday 18th May 5pm at Room 1, The Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield.

Please forward any agenda items to julia at Sharrow Forum.

Friday, 23 April 2010

BBC Website

Listen to the audio and flick through the photo essay- they're fab!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Studio Polpo

The Victorian Society

Monday, 19 April 2010

More lovely photos...

From Luis Arroyo

Portland Works Agenda Tuesday 20th April 5pm at Sharrow Community Forum

Portland Works agenda Tuesday 20th April 5pm at Sharrow Community Forum

1. Introductions and apologies:
2. Update on Planning
3. Volunteer help
4. Bank Street Art and Access Space
5. Open days
6. City of culture bid
7. Funding- KTP and Yorkshire Forward
8. Vision and job description
9. Political support and Edward Highfield’s visit
10. Meeting with the Landlord and Building Preservation Trust
11. Any other business
12. Next meeting

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Portland Works at Bank Street Arts on Radio Sheffield

1:12 in....

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Portland Works Agenda

Portland Works Agenda Tuesday 30th March 2010

1. Signing in and introductions
2. Apologies: Alan Deadman, Matthew Conduit, Alison Douglas, Clare Hughes
3. Bank St Arts exhibition
4. Open Days at Portland Works
5. Access Space exhibition
6. Sheffield City Council: Modern Mesters, Edward Highfield and Diana Buckley (visit to Portland 5th May 2010, 2pm)
7. LSDT directors
8. Building Preservation Trust/ Discussions with the Landlord
9. Any other items

We did not take detailed minutes for this meeting but if you have an enquiry about it or any other recent meeting, please do not hesitate to be in contact

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Portland Works at Bank Street Arts

From Tuesday, 30 March 2010 - 10:00
To Saturday, 17 April 2010 - 17:00

Portland Works

A curated group exhibition designed to draw attention to the traditional skills practiced at Portland Works and the people whose livelihood depends on it continuing as a working/creative community. Portland Works is under threat of closure as one of Sheffield’s remaining small industrial works, because of plans to redevelop it as apartments and offices. This lively and diverse exhibition of art and craft is designed to engage Sheffield people in an awareness of their industrial heritage and its relevance to their lives. The exhibition blurs the boundaries between art and industry, situating the objects of production, both past and present in an art gallery context, for public viewing. It juxtaposes artefacts produced by craftspeople against artists’ responses to the objects and their environment in the form of paintings, photographs, installations, sculpture and film.

This exhibition runs from 30th March to 17th April

Nic Bate and Matt Risby

An installation comprising of video and sounds depicting one whole day in the working life of Portland Works. This comprises of multiple screens showing edited footage of the inhabitants of the Works; craftspeople, musicians, artists etc to portray the diversity and breadth of talent that exists there.

This exhibition runs from 30th march to 1st May, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

For more information, please contact Bank Street Arts on 0114 346 3034

Location : Bank Street Arts, S1 2DS‎

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Portland works in Guardian G2 feature

 On the corner of Hill Street and Randall Street in Sheffield, not far from the Bramall Lane ground of Sheffield United (known, for a reason, as the Blades) is a large brick building called the Portland Works. Built in the 1870s, it is one of very few workshops still used by the city's surviving Little Mesters – the highly skilled, self-employed craftsmen who formed the backbone of what was, back then, the cutlery and tool-making capital of the world.
Sometime in late 1913, a metallurgist called Harry Brearley showed up at this building, hoping to interest a cutler who worked there, RF Mosley, in a shiny, chromium-heavy steel alloy he had discovered that seemed almost completely resistant to corrosion. Mosley was indeed interested, and soon enough the first stainless steel cutlery ever made left the Portland Works.
Next month, Sheffield city council's planning committee will consider an application to turn Portland Works into 66 studio apartments and some office space. The structure itself is Grade II* listed, and the development looks sympathetic enough. But if it goes ahead, the small group of present-day Little Mesters who occupy the Portland's warren of workshops – a knifemaker, a tool forger, a silver plater, an engraver, a die maker – will be gone, probably for good.
"I'd estimate that more people in the world today eat with stainless steel knives and forks than speak English," says Robin Wood, chair of a newly formed lobby group, the Heritage Crafts Association, which is being launched today at the Victoria & Albert museum. "You could argue it's our biggest cultural export. So it seems quite extraordinary that we can protect the bricks and mortar of a place like this, but not care in the least about the skills and craftsmanship that are so much of this city's culture and identity."
Modern Britain, it seems, is not much fussed about the skills and knowledge that exist only in the minds, eyes and hands of people who make things – our living vernacular heritage. We like them, in a rose-tinted, nostalgic kind of way, but we don't do much to support them.

Read the rest here

Monday, 15 February 2010

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Yorkshire Post: Portland Works Article

Radio Sheffield: Portland Works

Andy Cole of Wigful Tools was on Radio Sheffield yesterday, 9th February- the link to the show is here if you would like to listen: