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.
Shells collected by Charles Moore

“The Collector’s World”.

  • 18 June 2016 — 31 March 2017 *on now

No one really knows why people do it but everyone has collected something at some point. Many of us give up quickly while others find an interest that lasts a lifetime.

“The Collectors’ World” celebrates collectors of the past and present. It includes something for everyone and looks at how attitudes towards collecting have changed over the years.

Displays range from the Egyptian, Roman and Greek antiquities collected by Norman Bramley Radcliffe, a Victorian woollen manufacturer from Stalybridge, to Euro 2016 football stickers that are currently being swapped in playgrounds across the land.

You can see the flint, fossil, rock and seed collections of Robert Jackson of Mossley, sea shells gathered by Alfred Bradbury of Dukinfield and Charles Moore of Stalybridge, as well as mosses collected by Jethro Tinker of Stalybridge.

Learn more about what and why the museum collects and see some of the latest gifts to the museum’s collection including the Distinguished Conduct Medal won by Private William Cross of the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment, in the First World War (1914-1918).

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

  • 9 November 2016 1-3pm
  • 23 November 2016 1-3pm
  • 14 December 2016 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

Portland Basin Museum
Heritage Wharf
Portland Place






0161 343 2878


0161 343 2869

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