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Meet the Railway Workers

25th Aug 2019

24 August

STEAM

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. 3717 City of Truro, No. 6000 King George V and No. 2818. 

(Please note, there is currently no access to the footplate of No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle while our new HST nameplate exhibition is in Caerphilly Hall.)

You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on these 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. Purchase online tickets here, or pay on the day.

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

Dates and Times: 

2019 

August 10, 24

September 7, 21

October 5, 19

November 2, 16, 30

December 14, 28

January 2020

January 11

 

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

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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

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

Happening Today, 25th Aug 2019
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.

Until December

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.

Special Exhibition: 'World's Fastest'

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and is free for STEAM season ticket holders.

From April

In May 1904, the Swindon-built City of Truro locomotive achieved a world record speed of 100mph. Speed was the fascination of the 20th Century and a speeding locomotive epitomised both prestige and glamour. The GWR rebuilt, refined and remodelled locomotives focusing on strength, power and speed. By the 1920s and 1930s these express locomotives became iconic symbols of the GWR.

STEAM’s new special exhibition explores the GWR’s race to become the fastest railway in the World and how advances in design and technology have changed since City of Truro became the first train to travel at 100mph 115 years ago!

A collection of fascinating objects and archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story, including the famous Cheltenham Flyer headboard.

This exhibition complements our other new special exhibition Time on Trial, which takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948. 

Kids for a Quid

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

Time:

Cost: This summer holiday, children aged 3-15 years get to visit STEAM for just £1 per child when accompanied by a full paying adult. Under 3s go free!

22 July - 1 September

This summer holiday, children aged 3-15 years get to visit STEAM for just £1 per child when accompanied by a full paying adult. Under 3s go free! T&Cs apply.*

Valid between Monday 22 July and Sunday 1 September.

Purchase your tickets online here to take advantage of our fantastic Kids for a Quid offer. Please note that the discount will be applied automatically when you book admission tickets for any date between 22 July and 1 September.

STEAM

Alternatively, you may wish to purchase tickets on the day of your visit. You can download and print a copy of our voucher here. Please present the completed voucher to STEAM's Ticket Desk when you arrive.


STEAM Museum is open:
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm)
Sunday: 11.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.00pm)

Please do check this website in good time before you visit for any updates regarding opening times.

Download the voucher
Book online


*Terms and Conditions:
- This offer is valid between 27 July and 2 September 2019.
- Up to four children visit for £1.00 each when accompanied by a full paying adult.

 

 

 

Summer Holiday Fun!

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

Time:

Cost: See individual events.

22 July - 1 September

Step into Summer Holiday Fun at STEAM!

There's plenty of action and exploration to be had at STEAM this summer! Children will love to follow our fun family trails, take part in a special drop-in activity session or create their own unique journey through our story-telling displays.

Whatever your age, there really is something for everyone at STEAM. 

We invite you to climb aboard and drive the train simulator, walk underneath 80 tonnes of metal and even change the signals in our authentic GWR Signal Box!

Take a look at what's on offer this Summer Holiday...

Kids for a Quid 

STEAM

22 July - 1 September

Children aged 3-15 years get to visit STEAM for just £1 per child when accompanied by a full paying adult. Purchase your tickets online here to take advantage of our fantastic Kids for a Quid offer. Terms and conditions apply.

 

Explorer Dome: The Wonder of Space

STEAM

15 August

Crawl into the darkened dome and discover the worlds that glitter in our night sky...

Our Earth, our Sun, our solar system and our place in space. A fantastic introduction to one of the most inspiring topics, this is an interactive guide to our local neighbourhood and beyond with the opportunity to ask big questions, explore interests and learn how to spot the constellations in the sky tonight.

£5.50 per person - bookable in advance. Please click here for full details.

 

Meet the Railway Workers

STEAM

24 August

Here's your chance to climb aboard No. 6000 King George V, No. 3440 City of Truro, and No. 2818. Ask our volunteers any questions you like - they'll even show you the controls. Get your special GWR Certificate when you successfully change the points in our GWR signal box! 

Included with Museum admission and STEAM Season Tickets.

Make STEAM your next stop for family fun activities this summer. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

 

HST Nameplate Display

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Included with standard admission.

From 18 July

After over 40 years in service GWR's fleet of the iconic HST trains are no longer operating intercity services from London Paddington having been replaced with a fleet of 93 new Intercity Express Trains. Over the years of service they have carried names of people and organisations from the cities, towns and communties they serve. 

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway is delighted to be hosting a unique exhibition of nameplates which have been carried by Great Western Railway's iconic high-speed trains. The HST Nameplate Display will launched on Thursday, 18 July and is available for the public to view until 31 December 2019.

New Castle Class nameplates will also be on display at STEAM. The new Castles will be carried by special trains consisting of four coaches, mainly operating in the West of England. Each will have its own vivid red nameplate. This stunning display will be available in the museum's Caerphilly Hall until 15 September 2019.

Find out more about the history of naming locomotives in this month's Object of the Month blog.

Special Exhibition: 'Spark of Genius'

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

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and is free for STEAM season ticket holders.

From July

STEAM

The railways were, and still are, a place of new ideas, designs and inventions. The Great Western Railway dared to be different and strove to be the best.

Spark of Genius is a special exhibition which celebrates the forward-thinking ideas of the GWR. The exhibition takes a look at eight individuals who have followed in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel – the father of Great Western innovation.

From signalling, to locomotive design and from building tunnels to modernising stations, Spark of Genius explores a wide range of inventions that helped shape the Great Western Railway.

Spark of Genius complements STEAM’s other special exhibitions that opened earlier this year: Time on Trial and World’s Fastest, which explore the GWR’s race to become the fastest railway in the World.

Admission to view Spark of Genius is included with STEAM admission and free to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Take advantage of the Museum’s great value Kids for a Quid promotion running over the summer holidays.