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Groups and Courses

We offer a wide range of activities and events for adults and children throughout the year.

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Stitch in Time

Embroidered rose

Reminiscence Sessions

Reminiscence sessions

Knit and Natter

Balls of wool picture

Quilting Bee

Quilting Bee with patchwork

Little Hands

Little Hands image - Girl with Mask

Adult Art Workshops

Adult Art Group


 Little Hands

Join Simon the Storyteller every Thursday during term time for an hour of fun, storytelling and crafts for preschool children. The session starts at 10am and is free to attend. No need to book, just drop in. These sessions are funded by AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities)

Meets at Portland Basin Museum every Thursday Term time only 10am -11am

Adult Art Workshops

Adult Study Days. Each study day will be run by award winning artist Sheila Meeks. Cost for all our study days is £25 or £20 concessions (proof of concession eligibility may be required) Spaces on these study days are limited and book up quickly so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 23 January 2016
Introduction to Landscapes
Develop your sketch work, drawing and painting using landscapes as your point of reference. Explore different materials and textures whilst creating your landscapes.
All materials included. £25/ £20 concessions. Book a place on 0161 343 2878
10am – 2.30pm @ Portland Basin Museum.

Saturday 20 February 2016
Be inspired by our Art collection
Using Tamesides art collection as inspiration participants will have the opportunity to work alongside award winning artist Sheila Meeks.
All materials included. £25/ £20 concessions. Book a place on 0161 343 2878
10am – 2.30pm @ Astley Cheetham Art Gallery

Saturday 12 March 2016
Introduction to Acrylics
This study day will introduce you to a range of techniques and ways of working with acrylic. Pick up hints and tips, learning a new approach to acrylic painting.
All materials included. £25/ £20 concessions. Book a place on 0161 343 2878
10am – 2.30pm @ Portland Basin Museum

Reminiscence Sessions

Reminisce about days gone by. Enjoy the here and now. Using objects, photographs and documents from the museum service’s collections we can offer sessions on the following themes, with more coming soon:

  • Coronation Day 1953
  • 1940’s Make do and mend
  • Seaside holidays
  • 1950s national service
  • Soldiers’ souvenirs through the ages
  • Made in Tameside

A facilitator can bring these topics to life for your group, rekindling memories and stimulating debate. For more information contact Portland Basin Museum on  0161 343 2878 

Quilting Bee at Portland Basin Museum

A friendly quilting and patchwork group. We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 1-3pm Free


Did you know we now offer one hour free museum tours from Portland Basin Museum? To find out more please contact Portland Basin Museum on 0161 343 2878 to discuss.

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Portland Basin Museum
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0161 343 2869

Page last updated: 23 November 2015