Portland Basin Museum

Portland Basin Museum
Heritage Wharf
Portland Place






0161 343 2878


0161 343 2869

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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.
Open All Hours Exhibition

Open All Hours

  • 22 November 2013 — 1 August 2014 *on now

DO you remember shopping in the days before out-of-town supermarkets? Do you recall walking up and down the high street visiting the butcher, the baker and the greengrocer? Or have you only heard about such things from your parents or grandparents?
A new exhibition at Portland Basin Museum, harks back to those times. “Open All Hours”, which is packed with items and photographs from the museum’s collection, explores the ways we used to shop and how our habits have changed over the years.

The objects include packaging, tills, wartime ration books, shopping bags and a very old shopping list. There are several objects relating to the decimal changeover which took place in February, 1971, including games, leaflets and playing cards which designed to make people familiar with the new coins which took over from half-crowns, shillings and ten-bob notes.

“Open All Hours” also features people’s memories of shopping, which have been collected by Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Pawnbrokers Window at Portland Basin Museum

Tameside's War

  • 1 July 2014 — 22 March 2015 *on now

Tameside's War
28 June 2014 - 22 March 2015
This exhibition looks at the way people were affected by the First World War.

The exhibition, which is part of Tameside Cultural Services’ programme of events to mark the centenary of Britain’s entry into the conflict, features objects from the museum’s collection and stories uncovered from local newspapers.

There are rolls of honour, postcards sent home from the front, memorial plaques and souvenirs celebrating the end of the war in 1918. Ashton Grammar School’s wooden memorial is featured along with the stories of the men whose names appear on it.

Objects have also been loaned by members of the public, including the Military Medal awarded to an Audenshaw man for saving the lives of eight comrades.

The museum’s popular 1920s street has been transported back a decade to become a 1914-18 street with new text panels and objects on display. Recruitment, rationing, fund-raising and the role of women in the war are all explained. There is also the poignant story of a Tameside family caught up in the sinking of the Lusitania and a soldier killed by shrapnel from a Zeppelin raid.

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.
Quilting Bee with their patchwork quilt

Quilting Bee

  • 13 August 2014 1-3pm
  • 27 August 2014 1-3pm
  • 10 September 2014 1-3pm
  • 24 September 2014 1-3pm

A friendly quilting and patchwork group. We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children