First planned recording sessions will be taking place soon and we will be out and about in the community over the summer with what we hope will be an interesting display. Please come and talk to us, especially if you have an interesting piece of social history connected with the line or maybe you just want to find out more about the railway and its fascinating history.
We are currently trying a new style of web site so as to get the large number of posts into a more manageable form. Logos etc will be aded over time and who knows even the theme may change.
This site has been running since we formed as a CIC in 2012 so there are a considerable number of posts representing the wide variety of arts projects and performances we have been involved in. In 2016 with the educational situation on Portland and Martyn no longer working on the island we took the opportunity to re group and take stock.
As a CIC we have evolved again, now being involved in a Heritage Lottery history project. We hope to have some new music and arts strands running again soon.
Let us know what you think of our new web site.
An artefact has been donated to the project. A non working model of a locomotive used on the line in the 50s. The engine could be made to run but will most likely be left as it is so it can be passed round, handled etc. It is a very nice example though with wrong number and logo for the 50s (from the later 1950s) The fact that things are wrong could stimulate discussion on its own. Perhaps once the project is complete I’ll get it working?
Looks like our social media feeds are up and running again so you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
We are aware that our site hasn’t been posting to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for some time. We are currently working to resolve the issue.
With so much exiting stuff happening it is even more important our feeds are up to date.
From the Daily Telegraph and makes quite a lot of sense.
Thanks to ICA on Portland an ad has been run in the Free Portland News asking for volunteers to help with this fascinating project. We are still looking so please contact us if interested. Training will be provided.
As well as the Wesex FM interview I recorded last week there has been an article in the Dorset Echo and it has already generated some responses.
Article can be found here
Recorded an interview for Wessex FM and have been approached by people with useful contacts for some promising stories.
Looks like we are getting underway.
Recorded an interview on Monday that was broadcast on Wessex FM to raise interest in the project. Big thanks to Justin at the station for organising it.
Also made a few useful contacts with interesting stories that will need following up.
As part of our Heritage Lottery project on the social history of the Rail line to Portland we are looking to recruit up to three volunteers. Attached to this post is the job description and a covering letter. If you think you could work with us, please read the details and email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
Portland Rocks, previously known for its music and art workshops, has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project collecting the memories of those who knew and used the railway line from Weymouth to Easton, Portland; a social rather than technical history of the line.
Having lived on Portland in Dorset for the last thirteen years, Director Martyn Mullender said:” I have become increasingly fascinated by the railway that ran from Weymouth along Chesil Beach and then climbed from sea level to around 285 feet above. It then followed a circuitous route around the cliffs to arrive at Easton.”
As many will know, the railway to Easton closed to passengers in 1952 and finally to all traffic in1965, over 50 years ago.
Martyn remarked: “The line was unique in many ways: the traffic it was built for, the manner of its working, the challenges of getting the line built and the protracted amount of time this took. There will still be some residents and former residents with memories of the line that form a vital link to its history, which have not been recorded. Using audio visuals and the Internet, we plan to record as many memories as possible, making them available to the public for research or even genealogical purposes. “
An online archive will be created, including photos and transcribed recordings, which will be placed with the Dorset History Centre and freely available online. The project has received letters of support from the Portland Museum, National Railway Museum, the Professor of Railway Studies at the University of York and local historian Stuart Morris among others.
In order to develop the project, Portland Rocks will be recruiting a small group of volunteers, for which a letter of application is available at www.portlandrocks.co.uk or can be collected from and returned to the Island Community Action office in Easton, Portland, if people would like to register their interest in supporting the project.
The project will run until November 2018 and Portland Rocks also hopes to run an arts project linked to the research, involving visual and sound art in September 2018, if they can secure further funding.
The proposal includes taking display boards of information currently available to local events and gathering evidence from people who come along to talk about their memories of the railway.
If you wish to know more about this proposal, please contact Martyn Mullender at: email@example.com
After some difficult times Portland Rocks has secured funding for an exiting and substantial community arts project taking us in a new direction.
Once all is in place a full announcement will be made.
Yes we are still quiet. However, one large funding bid has been submitted awaiting a decision another will be submitted within the next week or so and two more are in the pipeline. We hope to be active again in the new year.
Yes it has been a long time but as you know there have been turbulent times in education on Portland meaning big changes. When we return we will be bigger and stronger so watch this space as they say.
At a recent B Side retrospective on the work of Joe Stevens I happened to meet up with David Oates who did a great sound art project with our young people as part of the cultural Olympiad. Hear they are:
Last remains of the S&DJR in Riverside Meadows Blandford. https://t.co/5KFYMZJm3Q
Riverside Meadows 3 https://t.co/55XiHB4IH3
Riverside Meadows 2 https://t.co/9jC801eXRF
Beautiful walk through Riverside Meadows Blandford. https://t.co/Er8vk060DK
Mumjum has written and recorded a new track with a huge thank you to Steve Garden who played guitar on the track and acted as an additional set of ears during the mixing process.
The track is called Saturday Night and a percentage of the profits will go towards supporting community music in the Weymouth and Portland area.
Anyone lost a peacock? Last seen running from Easton Square up Easton Lane around 7.15.
I’m sure we all have our favourite summer music that we just have to listen to when the weather is good. For me it just has to be the album ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac as it has been with me since my teenage years and will always remind me of long summer days, it just has that feel.
What is your favourite summer album or track?
#Dorset music service. A great place to perform. Dorset youth jazz orchestra at Swanage jazz festival https://t.co/HvRfV1JTA5
#Dorset music service. Great set by the Dorset youth jazz orchestra at the Swanage jazz festival. Looking forward to 2nd performance later.
Declining numbers of students are taking the arts at GCSE. This week, after an online petition achieved over 100,000 signatures the issue was debated in parliament. Read about the debate here