Block Mills

One of the most historically important buildings in Portsmouth Naval Base and the site of the world’s first mechanized production process using Marc Brunel’s famous block-making machines. The Trust is currently negotiating with MOD Defence Estates terms on which the Block Mills could be made publicly accessible and converted to house a skills centre, an exhibition on the history of the building and its role in the industrial revolution, and headquarters for the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust.

Building Stats



Property Status

Scheduled Ancient Monument No 395

Current Use


Possible Future Use

Historic Dockyard skills centre / exhibition

Supported by:

Supported by Regional Growth Fund