Railway Town is a new film about the story of New Swindon, from how it was established by IK Brunel, pictured, and the Great Western Railway Company, through its growth and setbacks, right up to the 21st Century.
Carefully researched and professionally produced by Swindon filmaker Martin Parry, Railway Town tracks the major developments in the town and brings together previously unseen archive film and photographs, as well as key insights from astute historians.
It deals with the problems and triumphs of Swindon and conveys the mood when the closure of the great GWR (later British Rail) railway factory was announced thirty years ago at the end of March 1986.
Martin’s earlier film Fire & Steel is highly regarded for telling the story of life ‘inside’ Swindon’s railway works.
Railway Town charts the major factors the Swindon of today owes to its history and the special strengths that can be traced back to its beginnings in the late 1830s and early 1840s.
The premiere screening on Monday 25 April, 7pm, at the Wyern Theatre, will be followed, after an intermission, by a panel discussion on Swindon’s past and future. You will be able to ask questions and give your views.
Tickets at £7 (+£1.50 booking fee) are available from the Wyvern