Accessibility Toolbar Accessibility Statement
A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Exhibitions at Portland Basin Museum


Even though Portland Basin Museum is closed for now, here is a sneak preview of our forthcoming exhibition ‘Nature’s Wonders’.
This exhibition is a chance to discover the museum’s collections of plants, mosses, shells, birds’ eggs, fossils and other natural history items, plus some fantastic loans from Manchester Museum and Gallery Oldham.
 
The inspiration for our exhibition is the visit of Dippy -  the cast of the Diplodocus skeleton from the Natural History Museum to Rochdale. The exhibition has had to close for now but there are still a lot of fun resources out there! See https://www.visitrochdale.com/dippy-on-tour Our ‘Nature’s Wonders’ exhibition is part of their ‘Natural History Adventures’ programme of events exploring natural history, nature and biodiversity.
 
The specimens in our collections were all collected by local people over the past 250 years. This was the time of the Industrial Revolution, with more and more of the countryside being swallowed up to build factories, houses and roads. People took a keen interest in documenting the natural world around them and collecting plants, rocks and shells was one way to bring nature into their homes.  Local societies, such as the Stalybridge Naturalists Society, were formed, with members enjoying excursions to the seaside and rambles across the moors. At the same time, the growth of the British Empire meant there were always new places to explore and exciting new species to be discovered.
 
Click on the images to find out more about each collection.
 

Pressed Plants and Mosses

Birds

Birds' Eggs

Geology collections

Butterflies

Shells




Things to Do


How to Draw a Flying Lizard

How to Draw a Dinosaur

How to Draw Dinosaurs

Natures Wonders

Make a Bug Finger Puppet
Wildflower Spotting
Wildflower Spotting

The Lady with the Lamp –
Happy 200th Birthday Florence Nightingale!


Photograph by Henry Hering c1860. Credit: NPG London  

The Manchester Regiment


Crimea Medal awarded to James Fitzgerald
Minimise webchat tab
Customer Services Live Web Chat
Customer Services Live Web Chat