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Exhibitions at Portland Basin Museum


Exhibitions at Portland Basin Museum

At Portland Basin Museum we run a fantastic changing programme of exhibitions - so there's always something new to see!

Current Exhibition

The Collector's World

18 June 2016 - Spring 2017

“The Collector’s World”. The world’s favourite hobby goes under the microscope in “The Collector’s World”, a new exhibition at Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne.

No one really knows why people do it but everyone has collected something at some point. Many of us give up quickly while others find an interest that lasts a lifetime.

“The Collectors’ World” celebrates collectors of the past and present. It includes something for everyone and looks at how attitudes towards collecting have changed over the years.

Displays range from the Egyptian, Roman and Greek antiquities collected by Norman Bramley Radcliffe, a Victorian woollen manufacturer from Stalybridge, to Euro 2016 football stickers that are currently being swapped in playgrounds across the land.

You can see the flint, fossil, rock and seed collections of Robert Jackson of Mossley, sea shells gathered by Alfred Bradbury of Dukinfield and Charles Moore of Stalybridge, as well as mosses collected by Jethro Tinker of Stalybridge.

Learn more about what and why the museum collects and see some of the latest gifts to the museum’s collection including the Distinguished Conduct Medal won by Private William Cross of the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment, in the First World War (1914-1918). 

Mosses collected by Jethro Tinker Cigareete Card Collection Brooke Bond Tea Cards Shell Collection

Somme Exhibition

1 July - November 2016

The commemorative exhibition at Portland Basin, which opened on Friday 1st July, includes historical artefacts from the battle such as an original grave marker and medals awarded to local people, such as John Hallows, who fought in the battle. Further information is also available on the ‘Men Behind the Medals’ website which can be found at http://www.themenbehindthemedals.org.uk/.

Page last updated: 6 July 2016