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HST Nameplate Display

Date: 18th July 2019 - 31st December 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Until December

After over 40 years in service GWR's fleet of the iconic HST trains are no longer operating intercity services from London Paddington having been replaced with a fleet of 93 new Intercity Express Trains. Over the years of service they have carried names of people and organisations from the cities, towns and communties they serve. 

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway is delighted to be hosting a unique exhibition of nameplates which have been carried by Great Western Railway's iconic high-speed trains. The HST Nameplate Display will be available to view until 31 December 2019.

Find out more about the history of naming locomotives in our Object of the Month blog.

Cost: Included with standard admission.

Meet the Railway Workers

Date: 30th November 2019 - 14th December 2019

Every fortnight

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

14 December

STEAM

Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum.

They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives:

Climb aboard No. 3717 City of Truro, No. 6000 King George V and No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle. Plus, see the footplate of No. 2818!

You'll get to find out how the controls worked on these great engines.

Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works.

Our volunteers are happy to help with any questions you may have about the GWR locomotives and artefacts we have on display at STEAM. 

This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. Purchase online tickets here, or pay on the day.

Look out for our occasional Saturday tours of the Museum too!  
 
We look forward to welcoming you soon! 

Dates and Times: 

2019 

December 14, 28

2020

January 11, 25

February 8, 22

March 7, 21

April 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30

June 13, 27

July 11, 25

August 8, 22

September 5, 19

October 3, 17, 31

November 14

December 12

Find out what inspires our terrific 'Meet the Railway Workers' volunteers by visiting our 'Meet the Railway Workers' Blog

Cost: Included with admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

The Great Western Wedding Show

Date: 11th January 2020 - 12th January 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

11 & 12 January

STEAM

The Great Western Wedding Show (#GWWS) at STEAM Museum, Swindon is back!

A very special 2-day HUGE South West Wedding Show NOT to be missed, featuring:

  • 60+ Fabulous Exhibitors
  • Live music from our daily resident bands
  • Beautifully styled 'Inspiration Zones' throughout the Show
  • Bridal Catwalk Shows on the Main Stage
  • A shopping zone where you can grab your wedding dress and accessories at a bargain price!
  • The Style Hub featuring experts showcasing future bridal trends, and the best styles to flatter your shape
  • The Planning Hub where our schedule of experts will give you all the top tips covering various planning topics
  • Exciting competitions and prizes
  • Two complimentary Prosecco Bar vouchers per signing in bride or groom, sponsored by Elsie Road!

...and so much more!

Fancy skipping the queues and getting a VIP goody bag on arrival full of special offers, discounts and incentives? Why not pre-register? Simply 'Book your tickets' You’ll also be automatically entered into the prize draw to win a case of Champagne! 

Free entry for wedding show visitors only.

 

Reduced Museum Admission Prices - 11 and 12 January 2020

Admission prices for museum visitors will be significantly reduced to reflect the different visitor experience on the above Great Western Wedding Show dates.

Please note that many Museum exhibits may not be accessible due to exhibitor stalls set up around the Museum and we would advise general visitors to consider an alternative date to visit STEAM to avoid disappointment.

Adult £3

Child £1

Season Ticket Holders go FREE

Cost: Special Events Admission applies.

Puzzle Creature

Date: 28th February 2020

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

28 February

STEAM

STEAM

Puzzle Creature is a multi-disciplinary dance work by Neon Dance that asks us to forget our mundane everyday and immerse ourselves in the magic of movement. Having sold out when presented at Swindon Dance in Autumn 2018, the production will return to Swindon this time taking over STEAM Museum on the 28th February 2020. Guaranteed to be a transformative experience, don't miss your chance to catch Puzzle Creature live.

Inspired by the death-eluding architecture designs of Arakwara and Madeline Gins, director Adrienne Hart has collaborated with three exceptional dance artists to create an immersive dance experience.

Located within the Museum’s Caerphilly Castle Hall, step inside an inflatable set design and allow yourself to be transfixed by performers dressed in wearable artefacts created by artist Ana Rajcevic as they transport you through choreographed action. Accompanied by a newly commissioned score for eight speakers by composer Sebastian Reynolds, this unique performance combines British and Japanese Sign Language and audio description alongside Reynolds’ evocative score.

Guaranteed to be a transformative experience, join us for Puzzle Creature and enter a space where there is no barrier between the artist and the audience.

Tickets

Adult: £14

Child (3 - 15yrs): £12

Senior (65+yrs): £12

Student (Valid ID Required): £12

Groups of 15 people or more receive a 10% discount - please select the Group Ticket on the online booking page.

STEAM

Parking

Please note that all visitors should park in the Swindon Designer Outlet North Car Park on Kemble Drive.

Free parking is available for Puzzle Creatures ticket holders - you just need to present your car parking ticket to STEAM Reception.

Please also be aware that STEAM does not accept liability for vehicles parked in these car parks.

There is FREE car parking available at the front of the Museum for STEAM visitors who display a valid Blue Badge. Please note, STEAM cannot accept liability for vehicles parked in front of the Museum.

What time do you open the doors?

The Museum Foyer doors open at 6pm an hour and a half before the performance start time of 7.30pm. The Museum’s café will be open for drinks and light snacks before the performance, but we do ask these are consumed in the café or Museum foyer before entering the performance area.

Cost: £12 / £14 per person

Swindon Railway Festival 2020

Date: 12th September 2020 - 13th September 2020

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

12 & 13 September

steam museum

 

The big GWR event of the year, celebrating all things railway

Step into the glorious world of model railways…

Prepare to be amazed as you discover beautiful model railway engines, carriages, wagons, stock and scenery with an astounding level of detail and craftsmanship.

You’ll find 26 model railways throughout the Museum, covering the whole range of scales and gauges (please scroll down for layout details).

Experts will be at hand to answer your questions and offer modelling tips, whether your knowledge is basic or specialist.  

Family activities include special children’s interactive model railways, activity trails and dedicated play areas inside the Museum. 

There will also be a live steam traction engine display at the front of the museum, including the sounding of STEAM's own Swindon Works Replica Hooter* (on the hour, every hour).

Teams and volunteers from other heritage railway organisations will be attending so it’s a great opportunity to delve even further into the world of steam (and diesel) railways.

As ever, there will be trade stands galore for all your railway bargains!

*Created by Colin Hatch, Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers.

Take a Look

This exciting two-day festival is full of cameraderie and lively chat and appeals to rail enthusiasts of all ages and families alike. 

But don’t just take our word for it - check out this video to get a glimpse of what’s on offer at this unique event.

Refreshments GWR Style

Delicious refreshments will be served in the GWR outdoor arena, including a barbeque and Real Ale Bar.

Tempting home-made hot and cold meals are available at STEAM’s Platform One Café.

 

2020 Admission Tickets -  coming soon

 

How to Find Us

Please click here for directions to STEAM. 

Please note, there is strictly NO FREE CAR PARKING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS. There is strictly no car parking outside of the Museum except for Blue Badge holders. 

Car parking is available in the Swindon Designer Outlet North and West car parks

For full car parking details, please click here.

Swindon Designer Outlet car park fees

£1 for 0-5hours, £12 for 5-12 hours or free if you spend over £100 at the Designer Outlet!

Cost: Special Events Admission applies.

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