Accessibility Statement
Chat icon Chat with us live

Museum of the Manchester Regiment

Ashton Town Hall, OL6 6DL


The Museum of the Manchester Regiment is currently closed whilst the redevelopment of the Town Hall is taking place. The Museum is still taking enquiries and offers during this time.

Tameside Museums and Galleries are part of the Greater Manchester Museums Group.

Family in Forshaw Gallery Photo of Ashton Town Hall, home of the Museum of the Manchester Regiment Girl with re-enactor in Ladysmith Gallery 


Welcome to the Museum of the Manchester Regiment. The Museum tells the story of generations of Manchester Regiment soldiers through two hundred years of service from 1758 until 1958.

The museum tells their unique stories through the objects they left behind. There are thousands of objects on display in the museum; including uniforms, equipment and weaponry, to the souvenirs they collected and medals they won all over the world.

Planning a Visit

The Museum of the Manchester Regiment is located within Ashton-under-Lyne's impressive Victorian Town Hall. The museum is in easy walking distance of both the bus and railway stations and there is ample public parking in the town centre.

If you are a wheelchair user or visiting with a buggy, there is access to all the museum galleries by lift from the ground floor, there are also baby-changing facilities. The museum has a small shop selling souvenirs when the museum is open (only available until 1pm on Saturdays). While the museum does not have a café there are many places to find refreshments near to the museum.

There are lots of activities in the museum for you and your family and friends to try.  There are thousands of objects that reflect the experiences of the Manchester Regiment soldiers for you to look at and enjoy.  During the school holidays there are self-led art activities available at our craft table and a regular drop-in family workshop that takes place on Wednesdays during school holidays from 11am - 3pm. 

Please be aware that the curator works at many sites and may not be available at the Museum if you visit without an appointment to speak with him.


  • Full access for visitors with disabilities
  • Publications and souvenirs for sale
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Near by parking
  • Refreshments available nearby
  • Historic market outside the Museum
  • Near to bus and train stations
  • Family and school workshops

We are always looking for ways to improve the website.  If you have any constructive ideas or suggestions as to other facilities that could be developed for inclusion on the website, please contact the curator.

If you would like to be kept informed of future events and activities, please contact us via the details below requesting to be added to our emailing list.


Researching Military Family History:

If you are researching an individual's service history with the Manchester Regiment please be aware no Regimental records are available in the museum.

The Regimental archives are deposited with Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre. The archives include thousands of photographs of men of the Regiment through the ages and documents and diaries that tell their stories along with many other sources of information for you to look at.

You can view the free information booklet below detailing many sources that may hold information about a man's service record and/or his unit's history or download a text only version of the booklet 

You can search the Manchester Regiment Image Archive at: Link to External Website.

For more information about Manchester Regiment soldiers also see … Link to External Website

Images of blue birds following a Twitter blue bird holding a 'Follow Me' sign 


Contact Information
Contact by Post

Museum of the Manchester Regiment
C/O Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
Heritage Wharf
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 5480

 Winner of the Manchester Tourism Awards 2009  Visit Manchester Member logo  Accredited Museum Logo