Swindon born artist, Ken White, who worked at Swindon Railway Works in his early youth, now has two of his Great Western Railway paintings on display at the STEAM museum.
The oil on canvas paintings, ‘Lunch Time’ and ‘Signwriters’ reflect some of the time that Ken spent as a signwriter at the famous Works.
‘Lunch Time’ depicts a group of GWR workers gathered round a brazier, making their toast at lunchtime, while ‘Signwriters’ shows workers painting the GWR lettering onto coal wagons – a classic scene from the Swindon Carriage and Wagon Works.
Ken White said: “I wanted to document my working in the GWR; the atmosphere, noise, smells and the larger-than-life characters that I remember, like Wee Georgie Bennet, the signwriter.”
Visitors to STEAM can see ‘Lunch Time’ and ‘Signwriters’ on display in the Foundary and Carriage Shop areas of the museum, in Kemble Drive, Swindon.
Councillor Justin Tomlinson, Swindon Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Recreation, said: “These exciting paintings complement the themed displays perfectly and we are very glad to include them within STEAM's permanent exhibition areas."
Admission prices for STEAM are: adults £6.20; concessions £4.10. Family ticket £16.50 (2 adults & 2 children) and £19.60 (2 adults & 3 children). Swindoncard discounts are available.
Ken has produced 30 more GWR paintings and these can be viewed on his website at www.kenwhitemurals.co.uk
To find out more about STEAM, call (01793) 466646 or visit www.swindon.gov.uk/steam