A NEW project to promote Weymouth and Portland's rich heritage has been launched.

As reported, Weymouth Museum, the Nothe Fort and Portland Museum were awarded a grant earlier this year to help promote heritage sites in the borough.

Over the past few months, a team have been busy creating a leaflet, website and video for the 'Uniting Weymouth and Portland' project, featuring 12 of the most important local heritage sites including Tudor House, Sandsfoot and Portland castles and Portland Bill Lighthouse.

The leaflet and video were formally launched at the lighthouse on Saturday in an event attended by Mayor of Weymouth Cllr Graham Winter, Mayor of Portland Cllr Sue Cocking and Portland's town crier Stuart Cave.

Claudia Webb of Weymouth BID, which supported the project and provided match funding, said: "The BID are extremely proud to be supporting this project that everyone involved has put so much effort into.

"We hope that it will encourage out of season visitors to the area and highlight the historical jewels in our crown. We would like to thank Harbour Media and Rowena Taylor for their talented work on the various elements of the project."

There will now be a series of pop-ups around Weymouth and Portland to introduce the leaflet and video to residents and visitors, who will be able to give their feedback on the project.

These will culminate with a 'history weekend' at Weymouth’s historic Old Town Hall on October 12 and 13. This will include a number of free talks including a debate on the question of whether Weymouth, Melcombe Regis or Portland is the most historically important.

Sophie Hinde, curator at the Nothe Fort said: "We hope that the leaflet and website will act as a guide for those visiting the areas and for local residents looking to learn more about our fascinating history. We are proud to represent a small part of this and are looking forward to collaborating with our fellow museums for future projects to continue to showcase what we have to offer."

Marcia Headon, chairman of Weymouth Museum Trust said: "Weymouth Museum is delighted to have collaborated with museum partners to produce an outstanding video, leaflet and website. These show the rich heritage of the area, its fascinating historical associations and the wide variety of attractions which are on offer locally. We hope it will be the first of many joint ventures between the museums."

Pam Boyce of Portland Museum said: "We are delighted to be associated with this exciting project which unites the many attractions in the area of Weymouth and Portland in one useful leaflet. It also provides a user-friendly dedicated website for visitors on the move to access when they are here, and a bird's eye view of each location through a stunning video film. Portland Museum has long held the ambition to share the many visitors who come to the area by making it easier for them to go from one venue to another via a simple map and local information."