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School Workshops


Workshops for schools and groups within Tameside’s Museums and galleries.

Tameside Council Cultural Services offer inspirational learning, which is central to what we do. Our facilities and collections are superb and schools are constantly inspired by the large number of learning programs we deliver. Our service is a marvellous advocate for learning and we strive to provide the best, most exciting and engaging service we can.

We work hard with our teachers, pupils, students and families to ensure our offer meets your expectations. Wherever possible we work in partnership with other organisations to deliver and fund our learning offer.


We offer a wide range of living History and Visual Art workshops

Living History workshops, delivered at Portland Basin Museum by experienced facilitators, include:
  • Home and Hearth
  • Industrial Tameside
  • Tameside Transport
  • The Blitz (WW2)
  • Tommy Atkins (WW1)
  • Upstairs Downstairs
  • Victorian Downstairs Put to work.
  • Victorian Schoolroom
  • Victorian Toys
  • Victorian Christmas (seasonal)

Visual Art workshops delivered by an experienced artist include:
  • Art from Tameside
  • Land and streetscapes
  • Local Artist –Harry Rutherford
  • Pattern
  • Portraits
  • Tameside Architecture
  • The Astley Cheethams and Art
  • Trades of Tameside (delivered at Portland basin)

Self led Visits:

We welcome self led visits to all our museums and galleries. Please call 0161 343 2878 to book.

If you are bringing your class on a self-led visit to Portland Basin Museum, why not download and print copies of this Portland Basin trail worksheet 706.62 KB PDF File  to make your day more enjoyable.


Living history and Visual Art Workshop Sessions:

  Half Day (1 ½ hours) Full Day (2 x 1 ½ hours)
Tameside Schools £72 £144
Outside Borough £82 £160

Outreach Sessions

  Half Day (3 hours) Full Day (6 hours)
All Schools £160 £320


Museum in a Box

For details of our Loan boxes click here All Schools - £35 per week

To find out more or book a workshop, please contact Portland Basin Museum on 0161 343 2878.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place
Contact by Telephone
0161 343 2878
Contact by Fax
0161 343 2869


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