Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
The museum is situated next to the Swindon Art Gallery at the corner of Bath Road and Victoria Road in Old Town. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has an enthusiastic group of friends. The Friends organise an annual series of talks, raise funds to help the Museum and Art Gallery's purchase fund and provide volunteer support for activities within the venue. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is also one of the host venues for the highly-acclaimed Swindon Festival of Literature. There is a full and varied activities and exhibitions programme. To join the museum's mailing list, receive a twice-yearly programme or for details of how to become a Friend of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, please contact us.
Closed: Sun, Mon, Tue
There is a dedicated parking bay and ramp access to the ground floor of the museum.
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.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Social History
A Night at Swindon Museum - with storyteller Cat Weatherill
- 16 May 2014 7-9pm
What happens in the Museum at the end of the day, when it’s dark and everyone has gone home?
Come and find out at an evening of magical and spooky storytelling. Discover the Museum’s hidden secrets and its weird and wonderful objects as you enjoy a rare glimpse of the Museum at night.
Join storyteller, Cat Weatherill, for an evening of spookiness as you creep around the Museum by torchlight. Come dressed in your Pyjamas or Onesies and bring a torch. Includes hot drink and cookies!
Book early! Only 25 places available. Suitable for children aged 8 – 13 years. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
£5 per child. Limited places available.
Please call in to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery or phone 01793 566556 to purchase your ticket.