The Town Hall in Ashton under Lyne, alongside the Open Market, is the home of a small museum dedicated to the Manchester Regiment which was associated with the town for many years.
The Museum illustrates the history of the 63rd and 96th Foot Regiments, which merged to become the Manchester Regiment in 1881, known as the "Manchesters." The regiment was based at the Ladysmith Barracks on Mossley Road in Ashton until 1958 when it was amalgamated with the King's Regiment.
Mock-up of wartime trench.
A wartime kitchen.
The Museum has a collection of military medals and awards, including five Victoria Crosses.
The War Poets are also featured, including Wilfred Owen, who served with the Manchester Regiment.
The Museum includes a mock-up of a battlefield trench to give an impression of the sights and sounds experienced by the regiment's soldiers.
Other displays feature the work of Women in Wartime, video and film footage and home life during the war. A typical war-time kitchen is reproduced:
Admission is free.
The Museum of the Manchesters opening times:
- Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
- Saturdays: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
- Sundays and Mondays: closed.
The Museum will be closed from Saturday 23 May 2015 because of work to demolish the adjoining council offices.
It is expected to re-open in early summer 2016.
Please check Tameside Council's website for future updates.
It is situated inside Ashton Town Hall, between Wellington Road and the Market Place, a couple of minutes walk from the bus and train stations.
Telephone 0161 343 2878 to check opening times, for details of party bookings, etc.
Enquiries about the Museum or about The Manchester Regiment should be made direct to Tameside Council, not to this website.
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