5th June 2010
On Saturday 5th June 2010, Albion Stone's Mine Manager, Mark Godden, and the Assistant Mine Manager, Tony Booker, will be taking small groups of people right into the Mine, through the galleries and up to the working faces.
They will give explanations for the reasons for Mining not Quarrying as well as new changes to the extraction methods that have been needed, such as the Fantini Cutting Machine (which is a giant track mounted diamond bladed chainsaw), also Hydrobags (which are incredibly strong, water filled, steel pillows that are used to gently heave stone from its natural bed).
Albion Stone have also had to very carefully monitor the roof and walls to ensure there are no movements, details of this very accurate measuring process can be explained during the visit, together with the unique geology of the island.
Albion Stone previously ran a successful open day at Bowers Mine in 2003. Mining has developed since that day and the Mining Team at Albion Stone would like to show local members of the public the excellent work they've completed and to explain why they believe this is future for extraction on Portland.
Should you wish to attend, please call our Portland office on 01305 860369 to book a place. Entry is free, however donations of £2 per person to the 'Portland Community Partnership' would be much appreciated. The day will start from 9am and run until 1pm. You will need to be given PPC, if you already own your own protective boots please bring them along.