Campaign to support new museum and art gallery is officially launched

The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust launches its official campaign to get Swindon backing the bid for a landmark new building next to the Wyvern Theatre.

Architect's impression of the new Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.
Architect’s impression of the new Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

The Back the Bid campaign, which starts today, marks the start of a series of events and opportunities for the people of Swindon to show their support.

Supporters who are helping launch the bid include Swindon residents, education professionals, artists, employers and heritage specialists.


Director Dr Rod Hebden, who is launching the campaign with trustees at the current museum and art gallery on Bath Road, says the time has come for Swindon to step into the spotlight and be able to tell the story of how it became the vibrant and innovative community it is today.

“Swindon really is a very cool place for many reasons, but hasn’t had the recognition it deserves,” says Rod. “But as Swindon gets behind the bid to win heritage lottery funding for a brand new museum and art gallery, that’s all about to change.”

“This new museum and art gallery will allow us to shout about how fantastic Swindon is from the rooftops – quite literally, if we want. This building will be absolutely iconic, and people near and far will come to recognise it as an important Swindon landmark.”

Its leading edge design will incorporate many intelligent and sustainable features. For example, it will collect rainwater for use inside, use solar panels to generate electricity, provide shade from the sun and be cheap and efficient to run.