Portland Museum is delighted to announce that their virtual 3D tour of Rufus Castle is now available for everyone to enjoy.
Visitors to our website now have the freedom to safely explore this fascinating castle and enjoy a guided tour by archaeologist Gordon Le Pard. As well as Gordon’s historical guide to the castle you can also enjoy listening to the 1950s boyhood memories of Portland Museum volunteer, Alan Tune.
Up until now, access to the castle has been severely limited due to its precarious state and private ownership. Thanks to funding provided by Art Fund and help from museum partners, Guildhall Live Events, production of the 360 tour has now made access to the castle available to everyone.
Thanks and Credits
- Historical tour provided by Gordon Le Pard
- Boyhood Memories of Rufus Castle and Beyond, by Portland Museum volunteer, Alan Tune
- 360 tour and 3D experience scanning and production by Guildhall Live Events with design input from Lucy Watkins and Freya Rochfort
- Special thanks to Gerry Hinde for support throughout all parts of the production process
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITHOUT THE INTERNET?
We will be providing our own access to the 360 tour inside Portland Museum – do contact us via the usual channels and arrange for one of our staff or volunteers to help you navigate the castle online. The museum will be reopening Monday April 4th 2022.
Bow and Arrow Castle, Island of Portland JMW Turner
Courtesy of the Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool
More about the Castle
For further reading and research into Rufus Castle (aka Bow and Arrow Castle) see Stuart Morris’s book, Portland An Illustrated History, and Ashley Smith’s website, Rufus Castle – The Encyclopaedia of Portland History, and also Historic England’s Rufus Castle with bridge, Portland