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Exhibitions at Portland Basin Museum


Tameside at Leisure

15 July 2023 – 17 March 2024

From the wakes and Whit walks to today’s wider horizons, “Tameside at Leisure”, the new exhibition at Portland Basin Museum, explores the many ways the borough’s residents spend their spare time – now and in the past.
Holidays once meant at least a day out in Blackpool, and the first thing to greet you as enter the Ashton building is a display about the seaside. There’s also a look at trips to places like Southport, and Manchester’s much-missed Belle Vue Zoo Park.
Sport features prominently with items from Hyde Seal, world water polo champions at the start of the 20th century, plus football and cricket memorabilia.
Other objects relate to the Whit walks and brass band contests as well as dance troupes such as the Milltown Cloggies and Mossley Morris Men.
The great outdoors is featured, with its opportunities for gardening, walking and so many other activities, and there are displays about uniformed youth organisations as well as a section about the Manchester Regiment’s volunteer battalions.
Several hobbies such as photography, painting, cooking and reading are also included.
All the displays are complemented by photographs from the Tameside Local Studies and Archives collection.

Cycling Club 1900's   Patel's Picnic


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

Florence Nightingale

Photograph by Henry Hering c1860. Credit: NPG London  

The Manchester Regiment

Crimea Medal
Crimea Medal awarded to James Fitzgerald

Wilfred Owen – 100 years on…

Wilfred Owen