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WWI Centenary

​First World War Centenary

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War.  To commemorate this, STEAM is involved in a number of projects.


A Railway at War - the Role of the GWR and its Employees during WW1 

In this centenary year the Museum looks at the role the GWR took in World War One.  From munitions work, to specialist carriages, the GWR built a multitude of items for the war effort.  The exhibition also looks at how GWR employees were affected by war, not only the men who went to fight, but also the men and women who were left behind and continued to be employed by the company in many different roles.  A range of never seen before material and objects will be on display.  Free with standard admission.

22 August 2014 - 31 December 2015


The Museum's archive holds a range of material regarding the role of the GWR and its employees during WW1.  One such item is the GWR's Great War book.  This unique record provides a comprehensive account of the men who served and died in the war, their position within the GWR, where they were stationed and how they died.  Details of the men who were included in the book can now be viewed for the first time online. Please click on the link below to search the names.

The Great War Book (PDF 1.9MB)

The Great War Book (Excel Doc 134KB)

The Museum also holds the GWR magazines for the war period.  These also provide the names of GWR employees who either died, or were injured in the war.  The magazine also published photographs for the men who died too.  If you would like to know more about the research facilities at STEAM please follow the link below.

Historical Enquires


Wartime GWR - by Elaine Arthurs and Felicity Jones

A fascinating new pictorial book compiled and written by STEAM's Curatorial team.  The book, published by Ian Allen Publishing, uses images from the Museum's archive and is an account of the GWR's involvement in both World Wars.

Publication Date: 18th September 2014 (Special preview and purchase at the Swindon Railway Festival - 13th-14th September 2014)

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