Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Bath Road
Old Town
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN1 4BA
England

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Website

www.swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk

E-mail

SMAG@swindon.gov.uk

Telephone

01793 466556

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Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
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The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is in the Old Town area of Swindon. In 1930, Apsley House, which until then had always been a family house, was adapted to house the Museum Collection. The elegant staircase, decorative plaster work and stained glass details which originally graced family rooms have now become familiar to many visitors to the Museum and Art Gallery.

The Museum and Art Gallery has been housed together in this building for many years so it is little wonder that the name Apsley House has become largely forgotten. There remains however, a faint reminder for those with sharp eyesight, for the name is inscribed on the old gate posts, which formed the original entrance from Bath Road. Though that access is now blocked by railings, those stone posts remain and will do for a long time to come.

The aim of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is to safeguard, enhance, exhibit and celebrate Swindon’s collections for visitors, now and in the future.

The Museum was founded by Charles Gore in 1919 as a place to display his extensive geological collections. Gore was the first curator of the museum and the collections were built up following the fashions of the time, focussing on broad themes rather than local connections. He acquired natural history, egyptological and ethnographic collections, along with archaeological materials. Through time the collections have become more focussed on Swindon and the surrounding areas and we hold objects dating from prehistory to the present showing the development of the area and the people who lived in it.

In 1941 the art collection was established by an impressive donation of 21 works by a local businessman HJP Bomford. This collection has been built on and today Swindon Museum and Art Gallery owns a modern art collection of outstanding quality and importance. In addition we also hold an excellent collection of studio ceramics and a number of local artworks.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Wed-Sat 11:00-15:00
Open from 10am during school holidays

Closed: Sun, Mon, Tue
Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission free
Some workshops and talks incure a fee

Additional info

The Museum and Art Gallery is spread over several floors with no lift facilities, please contact us in advance if you have any access difficulties so we can plan ahead for you.

Housed in a listed building in Swindon's Old Town, the Swindon Community Heritage Museum and Art Gallery displays exhibits of local history, archaeology and geology. It tells the story of Swindon's jurassic past, its connections with the Roman Empire as well as the more recent social history of this thriving town. There is also a programme of temporary exhibitions taken from the museum collections. Unusual exhibits include a 4.5m (15ft) Indian crocodile, an Egyptian mummy of a 12-year-old boy, a unique Roman lead casket and glass urn and the Garrards collection of record turntables. Swindon's remarkable art collection is housed in the Swindon Art Gallery, which is adjacent to the Community Heritage Museum in Bath Road, Old Town, Swindon. It was established by local benefactor, H J P Bomford, during 1944 from a generous donation of works. These works form the nucleus of the collection and include many of the major British artists of the day such as Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, L S Lowry, Paul Nash and many others. Through an imaginative purchasing programme, the collection now has a reputation as one of the best of British 20th Century Art outside London. A more recent acquisition was Laundromat Locomotion, consisting of 12 photographs by Turner Prize short-listed artist, Steven Pippin. Artists in the collection include Terry Frost, Howard Hodgkin, Gwen and Augustus John, Maggi Hambling, Ivon Hitchens, Christopher Le Brun and Lisa Milroy. There is also a significant collection of studio pottery, with works by David Leach, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper among others.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Bone Chomping Beasts and Magical Monsters

Bone-Chomping Beasts and Magical Monsters

  • 15 May 2015 7:45-9pm

Museums at Night and Swindon Festival of Literature are proud to present…

Bone-Chomping Beasts and Magical Monsters

For tales of adventure, danger and bravery we’ll need to watch out for sharp fangs, traps of trickery, and passing crocodiles!

Suggested age: 6-10 year olds
Tickets £7, includes a hot chocolate and cookie.

Early booking (pre-booking required) advised as only 25 places available. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£7 per child, includes Hot Chocolate and Cookie

Website

http://swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk/event/bone-chomping-beasts-and-magical-monsters/

Tales Told to the Magic Carpet

Tales Told to the Magic Carpet

  • 15 May 2015 6-7pm

Museums at Night and Swindon Festival of Literature are proud to present…

Tales Told to the Magic Carpet with Rachel Rose Reid

When all the daytime visitors have gone home, the museum’s animals and artefacts come to life! With a little help from our imaginations, of course…

Fly around the World and back before bedtime! Stories and songs waiting to be shared, spoken and sung!

Suggested age: 4-7 year olds

Tickets include a hot chocolate and cookie.

Early booking (pre-booking required) advised as only 25 places available. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£7.00 per child to include a Hot Chocolate and Cookie

Website

http://swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk/event/tales-told-to-the-magic-carpet/

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