Social History

Swindon fire engineOur social history collections reflect everyday life in Swindon over the last two centuries. The objects reflect industry, agriculture, leisure, culture and domestic life.

A variety of items from our social history collection can be seen in our Made in Swindon Gallery .

The social history collection also includes posters, ephemera (such as programs, tickets and leaflets), industrial items, domestic appliances and costume.

We have a large local art collection which includes scenes of Victorian Swindon painted by George Puckey and J Hood. These show the Wilts and Berks canal, the arrival of the railway, the growth of the town and other views that show how much Swindon has changed in the twentieth century. A selection of the local art collection is displayed on the main staircase and some paintings can be viewed on the BBC Your Paintings website.

Due to their diverse nature and, in some cases large size, much of the social history collection is cared for in store and only displayed in temporary exhibitions. The collection may also be consulted for research purposes.


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Tuesday to Saturday
10.00am to 5.00pm

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