An exhibition in video and photographs exploring the diverse ways people have arrived in Swindon over the years will end on Saturday 16 April.
Curated by Create Studios at Steam Museum, the video portrays a range of people talking about how they came to the town. Some have links to the town over generations, others have come from the countryside around Swindon, other parts of Britain or the Commonwealth, whilst others have arrived as asylum seekers.
A key commentator is Lord Joel Joffe of Liddington near Swindon, who came to Britain in the mid-1960s, exited against his will from South Africa as an undesirable after he defended Nelson Mandela against terrorism charges.
He is pictured above with three asylum seekers who entered Britain to escape persecution from Iran and Ethiopia and are being supported by The Harbour Project. “We’re all emigrants,” said Lord Joffe.
Others who appear in the video, aged 9 to 90, come from East Wichel Primary School, Guinness Care Homes, Stratton Education Centre and the Oakfield Project.
They share their stories and hopes for the future and, in positive ways, what living in Swindon means to them.
The film is accompanied by photographs, an iPad app related to Swindon 175 and an art installation called Enlightenment.
Watch a short video at: www.bit.ly/CreateDJpreview