After a major refurbishment and enlargement, the Portland Basin Heritage Centre re-opened in March 1999 as the Portland Basin Museum. Housed in the former Ashton Canal Warehouse, the Museum is situated alongside the Ashton Canal at Portland Basin, Ashton under Lyne, opposite the junction with the Peak Forest Canal.
The Museum takes full advantage of its position, with boat trips starting from the Museum waterfront, and mooring for visiting boats. including restored wooden narrow boats.
The new Museum is on two levels. Visitors enter on the upper level on which there is a representation of a 1920’s street, featuring the furnished downstairs rooms of a typical terraced house, a school room, fish and chip shop, grocer’s shop, pub and other settings.
The lower floor has a display about the production of goods that have been “Made in Tameside” including hats, coal and textiles. There are also displays and models showing the development of transport in the area.