Public survey on £19m project to revamp museum

Swindon Heritage vice chairman David Thackray, Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for economy, regeneration and culture Garry Perkins and Swindon Heritage chairman David Renard

Swindon Heritage vice chairman David Thackray, Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for economy, regeneration and culture Garry Perkins and Swindon Heritage chairman David Renard

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THE future of an ambitious cultural hub in Swindon has been placed in the hands of art lovers, schools and museum goers.

A survey has been launched inviting the public to share their views on a new and improved Swindon Museum and Art Gallery to be located in the town centre.

The £19m project would see the venue’s extensive art collection given the prominence it deserves and include education rooms, a cafe and dedicated galleries for temporary exhibitions.

The museum team and local authority are keen to mould the new art and heritage centre to the specific needs and wishes of the community.

Helen Miah, commissioner for leisure, libraries and culture at Swindon Council, said: “It’s about assessing what people would like to see in the new museum and what they like about the existing one. What we want to do is create a museum and art gallery that meets the needs of people in Swindon and becomes a tourist destination.

“There have been people doing exit surveys at the museum and people going out on the streets. This is going to be transformative and it’s a huge step. We are going for a proper 21st century centre. At the moment we are completely limited in terms of what we can do at the museum and gallery, so it’s very exciting for us.”

The results of the survey will also be included in the local authority’s bid to secure £9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will be submitted in November.

So far the council has pledged £5m toward the state-of-the-art museum. The project has also received £95,000 from the Arts Council and a further £5m is expected to come from benefactors.

The art museum would be the centrepiece of a new cultural quarter, located close to the magistrates’ court in the town centre.

Swindon Heritage Board chairman Coun David Renard said: “The main focus will be on the art collection. We can only display 10 per cent of what we currently have. Apsley House is inadequate to display it.

“We also need education rooms so that schools come to the museum and we need galleries for visiting collections.

“This project is integral to our town centre redevelopment and it has to be something that will become integral to people’s lives in Swindon and that attracts people to Swindon.

“The survey will help us shape not only the bid but eventually the building and what is in it.”

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9:54am Fri 1 Aug 14

GrumpyLocal says...

Why are they determined to move the museum away from the most historic part of the town to a new soulless building built in a new, previous unloved transit area of the town. There are options in Old Town that could support a larger museum and make use of historic buildings at the same time. Recently, for example, the Adver announced it was moving out of its' building which would provide ample space for a new museum and keep it in an appropriate place.
There is also the potential option of the redeveloped Corn Exchange as & when that commences.
Why are they determined to move the museum away from the most historic part of the town to a new soulless building built in a new, previous unloved transit area of the town. There are options in Old Town that could support a larger museum and make use of historic buildings at the same time. Recently, for example, the Adver announced it was moving out of its' building which would provide ample space for a new museum and keep it in an appropriate place. There is also the potential option of the redeveloped Corn Exchange as & when that commences. GrumpyLocal
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9:59am Fri 1 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

GrumpyLocal wrote:
Why are they determined to move the museum away from the most historic part of the town to a new soulless building built in a new, previous unloved transit area of the town. There are options in Old Town that could support a larger museum and make use of historic buildings at the same time. Recently, for example, the Adver announced it was moving out of its' building which would provide ample space for a new museum and keep it in an appropriate place.
There is also the potential option of the redeveloped Corn Exchange as & when that commences.
Common sense doesn't exist at Swindon Borough Clownskool.

How can the leader of the Clownskool be unbiased as A Swindon Heritage Chairman?

and we all know what an ASSet Garry Perkins is as a business man
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyLocal[/bold] wrote: Why are they determined to move the museum away from the most historic part of the town to a new soulless building built in a new, previous unloved transit area of the town. There are options in Old Town that could support a larger museum and make use of historic buildings at the same time. Recently, for example, the Adver announced it was moving out of its' building which would provide ample space for a new museum and keep it in an appropriate place. There is also the potential option of the redeveloped Corn Exchange as & when that commences.[/p][/quote]Common sense doesn't exist at Swindon Borough Clownskool. How can the leader of the Clownskool be unbiased as A Swindon Heritage Chairman? and we all know what an ASSet Garry Perkins is as a business man Ollie Dognacky
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3:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

mrwoo says...

I like the crocodile!
I like the crocodile! mrwoo
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