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GWR with everything Exhibition

21st Feb 2019

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.

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

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

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

Happening Today, 21st Feb 2019
Family Activity: Cotton Reel Clash

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

Time: 11:00 - 15:00

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

21 February

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.

Special Exhibition: 'Time on Trial'

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

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

Every Day

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.

The GWR Publicity Machine Exhibition

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

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

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.