History of town goes on display

A picture of Swindon workmen leaving the Great Western Railway works which is in the exhibition The Railway Comes To Town organised as part of the Brunel 200 celebrations

A picture of Swindon workmen leaving the Great Western Railway works which is in the exhibition The Railway Comes To Town organised as part of the Brunel 200 celebrations

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SWINDON has seen a lot of change over the years and is facing even more over the coming years.

But by far the biggest change the town has ever seen was the building of Brunel's Great Western Railway Works.

To celebrate the changes a new exhibition, The Railway Comes To Town, is going on display at the Wyvern Theatre next month.

The exhibition celebrates the changing face of Brunel's Swindon, from a sleepy market town into a dynamic industrial force.

It uses a series of photographs, prints and postcards of people and places to chart the town's history.

The exhibition is part of the Brunel 200 celebrations, marking 200 years since the birth of the great engineer.

It is being presented in partnership with English Heritage, Steam, the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, the Civic Trust and Swindon Arts Services.

Events are taking place across the region to mark the impact that Brunel had across the south west.

Over the summer the town will also be hosting the Swindon Brunel festival, the Brunel Big Dance and performances of the opera Brunel: The Little Man In The Tall Hat.

And organisers are encouraging everyone to get involved. Coun Justin Tomlinson, the cabinet member for leisure, culture and recreation at Swindon Council, said: "It is fantastic for the town to be hosting this type of exhibition.

"Even more so during the Brunel 200 celebrations. There are lots of exciting things taking place across Swindon during this important celebration and we would urge everyone to take part."

The Railway Comes To Town will be on display at the theatre from July 7 until September 14.

It can be viewed from 10am until 6pm Monday to Saturday and entry is free.

For information on the Brunel 200 celebrations visit www.swindonbrunel200.

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