Portland Basin Museum

Portland Basin Museum
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Portland Basin is an award winning museum housed in a reconstruction of the historic 1834 Ashton canal warehouse.
Discover the life and work experiences of the people of Tameside. Explore a typical Tameside street of 1928 with its shops, houses, school, chapel and doctor's surgery - all brought to life with the latest audio-visual techniques.

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Opening hours

Opening times: Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm (Oct-June)
Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm (July-Sept)
Closed Monday except Bank Holidays.

Admission charges

Free admission

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Inland Waterways, Land Transport, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Over the Rainbow

  • 30 March — 22 November 2015 *on now

PORTLAND Basin Museum has utilised the full spectrum of its collection for its latest exhibition.

“Over the Rainbow” puts unusual and varied objects side by side, celebrating them purely for their colour.

Inside the cabinets of curiosities are a 1960s pink hairdryer, a green Thermos flask from the 1920s, a yellow children’s toy, black mourning lace from Victorian times, a blue Wedgwood vase and a red Manchester United supporter’s rattle, plus a mass of white stiletto heels found in an old cobbler’s shop.

Colour is a crucial part of an object’s design and can affect how it is perceived. The Mickey Mouse gas mask from the Second World War, for example, was designed in bright red and blue to make it less scary for children.

The classic British post box will forever be linked to the colour red, green is used to suggest a link with nature, and electronic gadgets tend to be functional black, brown or white.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Meet Tommy Atkins

  • 28 October 2015 11am-3pm

Are you interested in the First World War?

Have you ever wondered what a soldier wore, what he ate, how he lived, fought and died in the 'Great War for Civilisation'?

Then why not visit the Museum of Portland Basin Museum and try on the uniform he wore and handle the equipment that he carried.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Portland Basin Museum
Heritage Wharf
Portland Place






0161 343 2878


0161 343 2869

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