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Groups and Courses

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 costs just £2 with £1 for additional siblings. 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. . Cost for all our study days is £30 or £25 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.

I made it! Introduction to Stone Carving

Tameside Museums and Galleries have planned a series of adult ‘I made it!’ Masterclasses. Within this series we are introducing:

I made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Stone Carving.


In this workshop which is led by the professional artist Andrew Worthington, you’ll be introduced to the process of stone carving using soft Maltese limestone which will allow you to achieve some fantastic results.

Come with some initial ideas and source material in the form of a sketch, photograph or small model to use as a starting point and together with the artist participants will develop ideas into a stone relief sculpture using various stone carving tools and techniques. Participants end result will be something you can be very proud of and will make a perfect Christmas present.


The workshop is for beginners and you will be working in a relaxed atmosphere, where the artist can work with each person on a one to one basis. All materials, equipment and tools will be provided on the day.


Saturday 10 December 2016.  10am – 3.30pm

Portland Basin Museum. Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne. OL7 0QA. 0161 343 2878. Please call the museum to book a place. Please note that spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost: £40.00 per participant. £35.00 concessions

I made it! Adult Masterclass: “Ceramic Christmas bauble-making and decoration” In this workshop, which is led by Clay Studio of Manchester, you’ll be introduced to slip casting.

You’ll learn the process of using liquid clay and moulds to make baubles for Christmas. Afterwards there will be a range of decorating techniques including coloured slips to finish off your festive creation.

Astley Cheetham Gallery, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN on Saturday, November 19, 10am to 2.30pm. Please note on completion baubles will be taken to ‘Clay Studio’ for final firing and returned to Portland Basin Museum for collection in plenty of time for Christmas

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.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
Contact by Telephone
0161 343 2878
Contact by Fax
0161 343 2869