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!
28 June 2014 - 22 March 2015
This exhibition looks at the way people were affected by the First World War.
The exhibition, which is part of Tameside Cultural Services’ programme of events to mark the centenary of Britain’s entry into the conflict, features objects from the museum’s collection and stories uncovered from local newspapers.
There are rolls of honour, postcards sent home from the front, memorial plaques and souvenirs celebrating the end of the war in 1918. Ashton Grammar School’s wooden memorial is featured along with the stories of the men whose names appear on it
Objects have also been loaned by members of the public, including the Military Medal awarded to an Audenshaw man for saving the lives of eight comrades.
The museum’s popular 1920s street has been transported back a decade to become a 1914-18 street with new text panels and objects on display. Recruitment, rationing, fund-raising and the role of women in the war are all explained. There is also the poignant story of a Tameside family caught up in the sinking of the Lusitania and a soldier killed by shrapnel from a Zeppelin raid.
If you missed any of our previous exhibitions, here is another chance to see them!