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The GWR Publicity Machine Exhibition

Date: 1st March 2018 - 25th March 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 March

Come and see our brand new special exhibition and learn some fascinating facts as you explore and enjoy our fabulous collection of GWR publicity materials.

Our unique displays tell the story of the great 'GWR Publicity Machine' and how the Company became part of people's everyday lives through clever and forward-thinking advertising.

We are delighted to have the modern 'Great Western Railway' on board as sponsor of this exhibition. Our displays show the link between the original GWR publicity items and the 'new' Great Western Railway campaigns.

 

 

Cost: FREE with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket​ holders.

GWR with everything Exhibition

Date: 1st January 2019 - 15th July 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 July

From pen nibs and bricks, to bars of soap and door handles - everything was branded with the Great Western Railway's initials! 

Discover an array of weird and wonderful objects that were printed, stamped and marked with GWR.  There is a real treasure trove of material and objects on display, including some really quirky items, such as toilet paper and manhole covers. Visitors also get to test their skills with a ‘Guess the Object’ game.  

We are delighted to have the modern 'Great Western Railway' on board as sponsor for this exhibition.

Cost: FREE with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket​ holders. 

Special Exhibition: 'Time on Trial'

Date: 14th January 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

Every Day

Time on Trial

Dynamometer car interior, 1948

In 1910 a Great Western Railway Star Class engine entered into a race against a London and North Western Railway CompanyExperiment Class engine.  The competition was held to determine which was the best locomotive. This was the first officially recorded time trial between locomotives from different railway companies.

STEAM’s new exhibition Time on Trial takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948.  Pride and reputation were at stake as the companies attempted to prove their locomotive building expertise.

Visitors will also find out about the first dynamometer car, built by the GWR in 1838 and used to record data from the official test runs.

A collection of stunning images and fascinating archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story.

Cost: Included with STEAM admission and free to STEAM season ticket holders.

Family Activity: Cotton Reel Clash

Date: 21st February 2019

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

Time: 11:00 - 15:00

21 February

STEAM

Can you make a cotton reel tank travel faster than anyone else? Join us for some crazy Half-Term fun on 21 February...


Our experienced Learning Team will show you how to make a tank from simple materials. Then see how fast your tank will travel - and even get your name onto our leader board!


Just drop in anytime between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

Free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders. Please click here for full details of our admission tickets.

Cost: Free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Meet the Railway Workers

Date: 23rd February 2019 - 11th January 2020

Every fortnight

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

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Alternate Saturdays

Meet the Railway Workers  

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:

No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V!

You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the 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.

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

Meet the Railway Workers Blog  

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

Dates and Times: 

2019 

February 9, 23

March 9, 23

April 6, 20

May 4, 18

June 1, 15, 29

July 13, 27

August 10, 24

September 7, 21

October 5, 19

November 2, 16, 30

December 14, 28

January 2020

January 11

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

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