IF you’re seeking sophistication in an historic setting, enjoying music as the shadows lengthen and the daylight slowly fades away, Portland Basin is the place for you.
On Friday, May 13, the Ashton museum will be opening its doors at 7pm to give visitors a rare chance to see the displays after hours while enjoying a Last Night of the Proms-inspired set played by Abney Orchestra from Mossley.
Refreshments and light bites will be available at the Bridge View Café.
Portland Basin is joining hundreds of museums across the country to take part in Museums at Night Weekend, a festival which aims to attract new visitors by opening later. The event, which ties in with Europe’s La Nuit des Musees, has grown rapidly in the last few years.
Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “It will be wonderful to see and hear an orchestra playing inside Portland Basin Museum. This is definitely an event not to be missed.”
Lauren Laverne, Museums at Night ambassador, added: “We all know British culture is rich and diverse but how exciting to experience it in a new way – at night, when lights go down and our imaginations are in charge.”
Portland Basin Museum will be open from 7 to 9pm and admission is free.