Museum of the Manchester Regiment

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Why not visit the Museum of the Manchester Regiment in Ashton-under-Lyne's impressive Victorian town hall. The museum is in easy walking distance of both the bus and railway stations and there is ample public parking in the town centre also.

If you are a wheelchair user or have a buggy there is access to all the museums's galleries by use of a lift from the ground floor where there are also baby changing facilities. The museum also has a small shop from where you can buy a souvenir. The museum does not have a cafe there are many places to find refreshments near to the museum.

There are lots of activities in the museum for you and your family and friends to try as well as thousands of objects that reflect the experiences of Manchester Regiment soldiers through the ages for you to look at and enjoy.

Please be aware that the curator works at many sites and may not be available at the Museum if you visit without an appointment to speak with him.

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Opening hours

The Museum of the Manchester Regiment is currently closed whilst the redevelopment of the Town Hall is taking place. Please check website for future updates. The Museum is still taking enquiries and offers of donations during this time.

Admission charges

Admission free

The Museum tells the story of generations of
soldiers, from the raising of the Regiment in
1756 through to Regimental life today.

The Museum's Ladysmith Gallery (re-developed in
2002) tells our story chronologically, covering
major actions such as the American War of
Independence, New-Zealand, the Crimea, South
Africa, both World Wars and the Malayan
Emergency. The Gallery also houses over 2000
medals including 6 Victoria Cross Groups as well
as a reconstruction of a First World War

The Forshaw Gallery (Re-developed in
2006) covers themed aspects of our story
including recreation, daily routine, the soldier
as collector, regimental insignia, regimental
dress, Mess Life and some of our Regimental
Treasures. The Gallery also includes a
reconstruction of a 1950' Barrack Room from Ladysmith
Barracks and original Army Jeep as well as many
family-friendly interactives that bring our
story to life for the whole family.

The Special Exhibition space changes every 6
months. This space highlights a lesser-known
aspect of our story and gives repeat
visitors something new to see each time they

The Regimental Archives are deposited
with Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre,
Just 10 minutes walk from the Museum. Here they
are publically accessible, without charge, 6
days a week. For more information please
contact the Archive Centre directly on 0161 342

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Design, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Social History, Weapons and War, Sport

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Museum houses an extensive collection of medals including 6 VC groups
  • 42 display cases of souvenirs, equipment, sporting memorabilia and other items of regimental significance
  • A full-scale 1950's army barrack room
  • A full-scale First World War Trench Experience
  • A full-scale Second World War mortar team in action
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
National Service Veteran talking to a group of students

Brasso, Blanco and Bull: National Service (Army) 1950's Style

This facilitated session (1-2 hours long) led by our costumed living history expert “Corporal Cook” brings this period of history back to life. This hands-on session gives participants a flavour of army national service during the 1950’s, from being “Called-Up”, through “The Medical” and “Basic Training”. Participants get a chance to handle period objects and try on period uniform and equipment. This dynamic session also enables participants to meet with a local Manchester Regiment National Service Veteran. This opportunity for intergenerational discussion is stimulated by an activity making a “Basha” or tent by participants, led by the veteran – developing communication skills and team working abilities among participants in the process. This session can be offered either during a pre-booked visit to the Museum or in school.


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  • Museum of the Manchester Regiment

How to obtain

Contact Portland Basin Museum on 0161 343 2878 for more details

Tommy Atkins ready for battle

First World War - Facilitated Education Session

This session enables groups to work with our First World War costumed living-history expert, 'Tommy Atkins'. Through artefacts, presentations and activities the trials and tribulations of the First World War soldier are brought back to life. This session can be offerd either during a pre-booked visit to the Museum or in school.


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How to obtain

Call the Curator of the Museum of the Manchester Regiment for more information (0161 342 2254)

Bootsy Character

Museum of the Manchester Regiment - Bootsy's Trail

Visit the Museum and journey with Bootsy on his travels around with world with the Manchester Regiment. From the Forrests of North America through the snowy landscape of Iceland and on to the Muddy fields of France and through to the jungles of the Far East.


  • Museum of the Manchester Regiment


  • Tameside Museums and Galleries Service

How to obtain

During visit or on-line

First World War Loan Box

Museum of the Manchester Regiment Loan Boxes

Each box is packed with objects, information, case studies and activities that link to the key stages within the National Curriculum. The topics are: The First World War, Remembrance, Soldiers' Souvenirs and 1950's Army National Service


  • Museum of the Manchester Regiment


  • Museum of the Manchester Regiment

How to obtain

Contact Portland Basin Museum on 0161 343 2878

Museum of the Manchester Regiment
The Town Hall
Greater Manchester


Museum of the Manchester Regiment Webpages


0161 343 2878

Regimental Archives

0161 342 4242

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.