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
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.
Unravelled exhibition


  • 30 April — 14 October 2018 *on now

This year we have worked with local primary schools and Z-arts in Manchester to mark 70 years of the partition of India.
This exhibition celebrates the work produced through this project, and also looks at the history and legacy of our local cotton mills.
Pupils used artist inspiration from several sources relating to the cotton heritage of Tameside and Greater Manchester. The project focus included the artwork of Harry Rutherford and a theatre performance of ‘Child of the Divide’, a play about the 1947 Partition of India written by Sudha Bhuchar and performed by Polka Theatre.
The pupil’s journey began at Z-arts in October 2017 by attending the ‘Child of the Divide’ performance. Each pupil took part in a drama and movement workshop that explored the play’s themes of conflict, partition and togetherness.
The pupils visited the Harry Rutherford collection at Central Art Gallery for a tour and themed visual art workshop before coming to Portland Basin Museum to see cotton industry related artefacts.
The performance, gallery visit and participatory workshops throughout the project have been facilitated by professional artists, with national curriculum links to a range of subject areas.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Portland Basin Museum
Heritage Wharf
Portland Place






0161 343 2878


0161 343 2869

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