Swindon’s rich history celebrated with Heritage Open Days this weekend

Over the weekend (11 and 12 September) residents are invited into some of Swindon’s most interesting historic buildings free of charge.

Published: Monday, 6th September 2021

Map for Heritage Open Day this weekend

As part of the Heritage Open Days, residents and visitors will be able to explore Swindon’s rich history and connection to the railway as well as other hidden gems dotted around the town.

Over the weekend, there will be a number of different activities including:

  • Guided tours
  • Expert talks
  • Musical recitals and bell-ringing
  • Historic photo and artwork exhibitions
  • Activities for children
  • Cream teas and other refreshments

Much of the activity will be based in the Railway Village where residents will be able to immerse themselves in the social and communal aspects of life for GWR workers and their families by visiting the Carriage Works, the Health Hydro, the Railway Village Museum, the Central Community Centre (formerly GWR Hospital), the Baker’s, the Gluepot pub, St Mark’s Church and the Pattern Church.

Visitors can explore further afield within the town to visit:

  • St Mary’s Church and the Walled Garden at Lydiard Park and House
  • The Richard Jefferies Museum
  • The Friends Meeting House at Eastcott
  • Prospect Place in Old Town (guided tours)

Councillor Robert Jandy, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage, Leisure and Town Centre Experience said: “These Heritage Open Days are a great opportunity for residents to feel closer to Swindon and its history.

“I highly encourage people to take part where possible and to see why their town’s history is so important to who we are today and how it continues to influence who we are.”

For the full list of events and opening times check the Heritage Open Days website at www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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