Sea monsters, a crocodile and a mummy haunt Old Town Swindon……..with L.S Lowry?
No, this isn’t the subject of some fictitious work by a well known horror author, or any misinterpreted radio broadcast by George Orwell, or even the synopsis of a Hollywood movie. No, in fact I’m talking about the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.
This beautiful Georgian building has been established in Swindon for over 60 years, and yet surprisingly many of Swindon’s residents, let alone tourists, aren’t even aware of its existence.
Situated in Old Town, on the corner of Bath Road and Victoria Road, this little gem may not be central, but boasts an array of appealing relics and paintings which begged to be viewed. The range extends through to Victorian gowns, a vintage fire engine, Roman and Saxon artefacts, an Egyptian mummy and the Sea Dragon fossils room, where one of the museum’s oldest residents, Georgina the Gharia crocodile, stands. Enter if you dare.
A landing leads through from the Museum to the Art Gallery, which houses one of the finest collections of modern British Art held by any local authority in England and proudly shows off sketches and paintings by artists such as L.S. Lowry, Vanessa Bell, Maggie Hambling and John Bellany.
Each room has a story to tell, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see how much history there is connected to Swindon. Don’t worry about the children either, there is a room for them to play in, complete with dolls houses and puppet shows. And if they get too rowdy, send them alone to the sea monsters room with Georgina!
Entrance to The Museum and Gallery is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
The Museum, Art Gallery and gift shop is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
For more information please visit the website: www.swindon.gov.uk/artsandculture or call: 01793 466566