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Groups and Courses

We offer a wide range of activities and events for adults and children throughout the year across all of our museum and gallery sites.

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 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 £35 or £30 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! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Glass fusing

Saturday 24th November 2018  at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm.

Working with professional crafter Kay Stowell, participants will be introduced to the basics of glass fusing, working with the glass tools create at least 5 different glass decorations. Decorations will be taken away to be fired in a kiln and ready to collect from the museum a week later.

 

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Calligraphy.

Saturday 26th January 2019 at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm.

Fancy starting a new hobby? Local crafter Caroline Coates will introduce you to the wonderful world of calligraphy and hand lettering. Step by step introduction to calligraphy including traditional and modern styles. Whether you are a complete beginner or an enthusiast wanting to develop your skills, this day is for you.

 

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Felt Making.

Saturday 9th February 2019 at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm.

Led by Felt maker Beverley Fish the day will be an introduction to traditional and contemporary felt making with an opportunity to experiment using a range of fibres to create functional and decorative felt pieces. Whether you are a complete beginner or an enthusiast to develop your skills than this is the day for you.

 

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Make your own unique lampshade.

Saturday 16th March 2019 at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm.

Let local artist and crafter Sam Sterken guide you through the process of creating your own unique pendant lampshade. Experiment with techniques to create something unique. Or use fabric that coordinates perfectly with your interior design and colour scheme.

 

I Made it! Adult Masterclass: Introduction to Felt Making.

Saturday 27th April 2019 at Portland basin Museum 10am – 3.30pm.

Led by professional crafts maker Caroline Coats, you will be taught this amazingly enjoyable process of mosaic making. From learning techniques, designing the shape and colour, grouting, cleaning and finishing off you will take home a wonderful creation at the end of the day.
 

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

Tours

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
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Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL7 0QA
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0161 343 2878
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0161 343 2869