Swindon Viewpoint is not only a landmark for Swindon, but Britain as well – it’s the UK’s original and longest running community TV station.
What makes it distinct as a true community TV service? The two main factors are Access and Accountability: The public are routinely able to place programs and messages on the channel under their own editorial control, and there is also a mechanism to ensure the public can influence policy and management of the service.
Having produced a huge range of programmes over the best part of a half a century, Viewpoint now offers a ‘living diary’ of local life that is unparalleled by any town in the country. Most of these have been digitised and are available to view on the website at www.swindonviewpoint.com
visit Swindon Viewpoint to:
Enjoy a wealth of local creativity – our talented musicians, brilliant visual artists and imaginative film-makers are on display.
Discover what’s been happening around you.
Teach our children about their history using the wonderful archive.
Help older folk reminisce about the past.
Express your viewpoint – make a film, or help out with someone else’s.
Learn new communication skills that can help you socially and with employment.
Participate in the life of your town, – and help shape the future.
The new Cambria Bridge Mural was created by The Visual Drop a Swindon-based street art collective which includes James Habgood and Ed Russell and are working alongside creative designer Justin Smythe. They accepted the challenge enthusiastically, working with ‘The Railway Kids’ youth club organised by the Mechanics’ Institution Trust.
The Mechanics’ Institution Trust manages the Central Community Centre in Emlyn Square where they have been delivering a Health Lottery funded programme of community development activity since early last year, including the youth club, a gardening group, a craft group and a toddler group.
Read more about the mural on SwindonLink
Below, the Swindon Viewpoint studios in Victoria Road in the 1980s