Portland Castle was part of King Henry VIIIs plan for defending England from French invasion. The move was away from the classical huge scale castles and towards strings of defendable positions which were strategically placed to create crossfires and killing fields. The castle at Portland was built during the mid-1500’s to create a crossfire with castles in Weymouth across the harbour.
Like many defences, Portland Castle was built to repel a French invasion which never came. The structures use for storage during both World Wars means that it only ever saw real action duringt the English Civil War of the 1600’s where it was captured by the Parliamentary forces.
Secret Dockyard was a photographic project during 2011 to 2012 documenting the conservation areas of Boathouse No4 in the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth. A historical structure in its own right, Boathouse No4 was a key part in preparations for D-Day and other aspects of World War Two.
The aim of the project was to show these otherwise unseen areas so they could be accessible to the public through photography. The photographs themselves serve as a preservation of the areas, documenting them for generations to come. The series was shot using large format 10×8″ black and white film and a series of fibre based contact prints which were treated using selenium. The process of the fibre based prints and the selenium helps to preserve the photographs for as long as possible.
Through exhibition, Secret Dockyard was presented in cabinets with a glass lid. The cabinet serving as the walls of the museum with the artifacts inside. A large print of an overview of Boathouse No4 featured above the cabinets as the facade to a museum does from the street it is on.