The museum has a large collection of photography capturing Swindon and the surrounding area since Victorian times. The photography is divided into collections which have been acquired by the museum since it first opened.
The Harris and Woodfield collections of glass plate negatives show Swindon in the late 19th and early 20th century. Because this collection is extremely fragile, it is kept in store and we share reproductions via social media.
The Albert Beaney Collection comprises tens of thousands of images of Swindonians taken between the 1940s and 1960s. Mr Beaney was an amateur photographer and life-long Swindon resident. His collection featured in the 2012 ‘Back to Black and White’ project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Fred Stevens postcard collection includes some of our most popular images, including holiday scenes, humourous cartoons and other images relating to Swindon and its local area.
Many images from this collection can be seen on our Flickr photo sharing site as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.