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.
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.
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