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The new museum and art gallery will be a place to drop into, to meet a friend for a quick coffee, or to lose oneself for a day, absorbed and inspired by the creativity, innovation and sheer beauty that is both the heritage and future of Swindon.

Why build a new museum and art gallery?

The existing museum and art gallery has a nationally significant collection of modern and contemporary British art and ceramics. It also cares for remarkable archaeological and historical collections that tell the story of Swindon’s past from pre-history to the present day, including a large number of important Roman artefacts.

However, the museum’s current building - an old townhouse with a 1960s extension - was only ever meant to be a temporary home and is simply not fit for its extraordinary collections. There is no disabled access, insufficient environmental control, small gallery spaces and no schools’ facilities.The building is in a difficult location, with no parking and poor public transport links.

Why was a town centre site previously chosen?

We need to create an attractive destination which can not only care for and display the collections, but also celebrate the best of Swindon’s great heritage of creativity and innovation, bringing together all of the town’s rich history, and looking to the future. The original site was chosen to create the core of a new Cultural Quarter, bringing together the Wyvern Theatre, Central Library and community cultural organisations like Prime Theatre, Shoebox Theatre, Artsite and the Museum of Computing. A central location could not only make our heritage accessible to all of Swindon’s residents, but also bring visitors and investment into the town, re-vitalising the town centre.

What will the new building bring to Swindon

Aiming High

A stimulating education centre to inspire young people to reach their true potential.

For everyone

New, bespoke art galleries to display our exceptional collections, which are accessible to all.

For visitors

Vibrant touring exhibition space, enhancing and attracting visitors from elsewhere.

For Swindonians

Café, bar and restaurant for a town centre catch-up or an evening out.

Revealing our heritage

Stunning immersive galleries that display our exceptional collections, which are accessible to all.

Revealing a city

A gallery dedicated to science and technology, celebrating the genius of Swindon through its scientific and engineering history.

Nationally renowned collections

The Swindon Collection is one of the most distinguished regional collections of modern British art in the UK. The collection deserves to be widely known and recognised, and to be used imaginatively to stimulate the enjoyment of art in a new generation.

Andrew Wilson, Curator, Tate Britain

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