A new exhibition featuring a rich array of photographs from the extensive photographic archives at Steam Museum, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery and the Swindon Local Studies library contrasted with recently taken images provides a fascinating overview of the town in the past and today.
Elaine Arthurs, Assistant Curator for Museums and Heritage at Swindon Borough Council – pictured above – said: “We’re really pleased with this new exhibition as it charts the many changes in the town’s urban landscape and it is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see some of the glorious black and white images that are part of Swindon’s rich legacy.
“To contrast the archive images of the past and to capture Swindon as it looks today, we commissioned local photographer Peter Benson to capture images from similar perspectives. We are thrilled with the results and want to hear what visitors from Swindon and further afield have to say about both the photographic evidence and also their impressions of the town itself.”
Swindon families will also have the chance to make their own collages on special activity days to be held in the summer holidays. Elaine added: “Children and their families are being encouraged to get involved with the exhibition on 28 July and 11 August when they can turn their hand to making their own Swindon: Then and Now collage to take home. This activity will be free with standard admission.”
Access to the exhibition is included with standard admission to Steam.
To find out more about STEAM, see the website at www.steam-museum.org.uk