Once a methodist chapel then a hostel for railway workers, more recently a museum for Swindon’s railway heritage and then for a short while a community meeting hall and art gallery, the old museum on Faringdon Road has reopened as The Platform after a £1 million refurbishment by Swindon Council to create a huge youth centre complete with 30 seat railway buffet carriage along one wall.
Dr Schmoo’s Urban Circus held three days of music, dance, recycled art, circus skills and partner yoga workshops to celebrate the opening.
The large main hall will be used for band nights and concerts, arts based events, and there is an internet cafe and youth support and advice services like Connexions.
Jake the Juggler of Dr Schmoo, who used to run Swindon’s juggling club in the hall before it closed for refurbishment said, “it’s fantastic to be back. We want to organise lots of activities which give young people a chance to express themselves through music, street art and performance.”
Lottie Mills from Lydiard Millicent said, “it’s good to have a safe place where young people can get together and do things; it’s much better than hanging around on the streets.”