Swindon Borough Council (SBC) has been granted Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support for Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s (SM&AG) archaeology collection.
SBC successfully bid to receive £62,000 from the HLF for an exciting two year project called ‘Swindon’s Archaeology in Context’. The project, starting in August 2016, will investigate, document and reinterpret Swindon’s extensive archaeology collection and will culminate in a refresh of the Museum’s Archaeology displays ensuring visitors can discover Swindon’s ancient stories.
The project will create opportunities for volunteers and students to develop their skills and knowledge. There will also be community engagement with talks, family workshops and education opportunities.
Visitors to the Museum and Art Gallery will be able to experience enhanced displays, text panels and a fresh selection of objects reflecting Swindon’s ancient past.
Swindon has a rich and important archaeological history which includes two Iron Age Hill Forts at Barbury and Liddington, the Roman small town of Durocornovium (Wanborough) and Medieval settlement in Old Town. This project will ensure these stories are preserved and shared with our visitors.
Swindon’s Archaeology in Context project will help support the development of a new Museum and Art Gallery. The final project will seek to understand the extent and context of its largest collection.
Councillor Garry Perkins said “We are thrilled to have the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund again, following on from the Hidden Potential Project, a two year project that led to a better understanding of our stored collection. Swindon’s Archaeology in Context project will continue the work that has been carried out by volunteers and students and give Swindon the chance to experience the important archaeological history of our town.”