Greater Manchester: Portland Basin Museum

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Portland Basin Museum is located in a nineteenth-century warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester near a beautiful canal side.

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I visited here with my mum in 2020, just before the first COVID-19 national lockdown for England, hence us wearing our face masks in the photos.

Since I’m blogging more about locations in and around my city, I recently discovered the images on my old phone and decided that this museum deserved a worthy spot for Manchester my blog.

Stepping back into the 1920s

The museum has exhibitions where you can experience what life was like back in the 1920s in Tameside.

The 1920s street

We had a great time exploring the street of the 1920s.

My mum, who educated me with her own knowledge and recollections, made the trip much more informative and enjoyable.

My mum, who is in her sixties, was able to tell me about several things that were still in use in the 1950s and 1960s. I loved hearing about all her memories and stories as she recalled them from each of the items.

It was lovely to see how her expression changed when she came across items that brought back her memories. She was wearing a mask, so I couldn’t see her face, but I could see that her eyes were sparkling.

Exploring the industrial heritage and farm

We had the opportunity to learn about the region’s historical industrial heritage and what it was like to work in the mines by hearing personal accounts from those who had done so.

Life on the farm

There is also a part where you may read in detail about the early days of the local farming. 

We thought this was very intriguing.

Additional information

There is much more to do and learn about here in addition to what has already been covered, but I want to make this post as brief as possible.

The portland basin Museum, in my opinion, is a great place for visitors of all ages and has a lot to offer.


Admission is free and the museum it’s usual opening hours are 10am to 4pm accept on Monday when it is closed.

Click here to find out more information if you plan to visit.

Hope you have enjoyed my blog today

Thanks for visiting

Stay blessed 🙏🏾

Natalie ❤️

10 thoughts on “Greater Manchester: Portland Basin Museum

  1. I’m a huge history lover and I love places like this- how amazing this museum is free! Love the 1920’s living room, looks very homely. I wouldn’t have fancied being a 1920’s housewife though… lots of hard graft without modern appliances!

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    • I know it’s amazing that it’s free, and I can’t believe how many people in my city had never heard of it. I was so happy to share it with them. I loved the living room too. Yes, I don’t think I would have wanted to be a housewife back then either. I was thinking the exact same thing about all the hard work it must have been when I was there ha.

      Thank you for visiting 💕


  2. I would love to visit this museum as I am always intrigued by the way people used to live. And, how brilliant that you got to go with your mum and share a very meaningful experience with her.

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    • Ah, thanks, Leighton. We had such a great time here, and yes, it was so special to share the experience with my mum. I appreciate your visit.

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  3. Very fascinating! The Portland Basin Museum certainly delves in deep into the history, and it’s touching your mom was with you– it must’ve brought back many memories for her!

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    • Ah, thanks Rebecca It was so lovely to share this experience and this place with my mum, and it sure did bring back so many memories for her, and we learned so much. Thank you so much for your visit and your lovely comment.

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