Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is the designated collecting museum for archaeology within the Borough of Swindon. The museum accepts archaeological archives produced from developer funded excavations and archaeological objects found through other means.
Swindon and the surrounding areas have a long and rich history which is reflected in our archaeological collection. We hold material from prehistory onwards, with the Roman period particularly well represented within the collection. Many of the Roman finds originate from the settlement of Duroconovium, near Wanborough which was the site of excavations during the 1970’s and 80’s.
Currently on display is the more recently excavated Highworth Ceramic, a large Roman food vessel, which was repaired during the Roman period with large lead staples. As the pot is very large and delicate it is displayed in a bespoke case in our archaeology gallery.
Please be aware that due to work on the Swindon’s Archaeology in Context project, researcher access to this collection may be limited.
Finds Liaison Officer
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery shares a Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) with other museums in Wiltshire, as part of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary recording scheme which allows members of the public to log chance archaeological finds which are over 300 years old. Finds are identified and logged onto a national database, allowing a complete picture of the past to be developed.
Please note the Finds Liaison Officer visits Swindon Museum and Art Gallery on a bi-monthly basis; appointments should be made directly with them.
Tel: 01722 332151