Library and Archive
Museum of the Great Western Railway
This offers the researcher a valuable source of reference for the study of Great Western Railway history. Since the opening of the original GWR Museum in 1962, the research collection has steadily grown to include reference books, documents and ephemera, periodicals, postcards, photographs and plans.
The Library and Archive not only covers the growth of the GWR and the advance of railway technology, for the social historian it also contains material illustrating the impact of the GWR on the local community and the growth of Swindon as a Railway Town.
The Library and Archive is open Monday to Friday 10.00am-4.00pm by appointment only. If you would like to visit please contact Elaine Arthurs on 01793 466607 or e-mail email@example.com. (Visits to the Library and Archive are dependent on the availability of the Curator and Collections Officer)
The library contains over 3000 titles, and includes well-known works by recognised GWR historians, as well as lesser-known titles. The majority of these relate to the GWR, however we also hold a small collection of books concerning other Railway lines and companies as well as books on general railway history.
Our collection includes bound volumes of:
We also hold a variety of unbound latter-day publications.
The bound volumes collection contains:
We hold primarily GWR and BR Western Region timetables as well as a series of Bradshaw’s Railway Manuals dating back to 1860.
The photograph collection amounts to approximately 10,000 images, as well as slides and a collection of 1,000 official GWR glass lantern slides. Subject areas depicted include Swindon Works, both manufacturing and architectural views, locomotives and rolling stock, local and social history. We also hold a large number of locomotive postcards.
To see our images online, visit www.steampicturelibrary.com
This is a miscellaneous collection, mostly related to Swindon Works and other GWR locations. The collection does not include any locomotive or carriage drawings.
Includes GWR paperwork, correspondence and official publications.
The Alan Peck Collection is a large collection of archive material, books, plans and photographs relating to the history and development of Swindon Works.
The Keith Frankling Collection contains material relating to carriage and wagon design and construction, including plans and other archive material. Not yet catalogued.
The official GWR company records and archives, which subsequently were part of British Rail, are now held at the National Achives at Kew. These include Staff Records and Accident Reports.
The National Railway Museum at York has in its collections GWR drawings and plans, as well as the official GWR photograph collection.