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.
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  • 20 October 2018 — 31 March 2019 *on now

Our latest exhibition features a vast array of stunning, practical and interesting items from the museum’s collections as well as various loans. Some have not been on display for years - if ever.

There are both ladies’ and gents’ accessories. Men’s items include hats, ties, tie-pins, watches, cufflinks and shoes. Among the women’s accessories are hats, shoes, hat-pins, jewellery, scarves and gloves.

The main feature of the exhibition is a collection of beautiful hat-pins and hat-pin stands gathered by a local collector. Some are functional, some are decorative, and the stands are made from various materials.

You can even dress up in our Accessorise Yourself area, take a picture and post it on our Twitter page @tmbc_culture

Suitable for

  • Any age



Portland Basin Museum
Heritage Wharf
Portland Place

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0161 343 2878


0161 343 2869

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