9th January 2017


Put your hands together please

Applause sculpture at Swindon Arts Centre

These are dark days in Swindon. What with the Health Hydro hullabaloo (https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/the-health-hydro/)and the fire at the agricultural museum up at Coate Water there’s much to be concerned about. And then there’s the libraries, parishing, the tented market – a seemingly endless list TBH.


Some of the problems we’re experiencing in Swindon are sadly far from unique. Towns up and down the land face similar battles and struggles. It’s an all too familiar, similar and depressing story.

Here’s the petition for the Faringdon Road buildings: https://www.change.org/p/swindon-borough-council-save-swindon-s-heritage-1-3-faringdon-road?recruiter=23949954&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=mob-lg-no_src-custom_msg

But you can be assured listeners that there are groups and people in Swindon that care about Swindon, about its history and its heritage and do all they can in whatever way they can. Always. But never more so than at the moment. So, in no particular order, we in Swindon are blessed to have – and no doubt there’s others not mentioned here:

  1. Better Swindon: https://www.facebook.com/betterswindon/
  2. Swindon Civic Voice and the Mechanics’ Institute Trust. Note that although I just happen to have written about the two together in this particular blog post – https://swindonian.me/2016/02/26/swindon-civic-voice-the-mechanics-trust/ – they ARE separate and quite different organisations. Both are charities and both need your membership subscriptions to continue the work they do. Their websites and Facebook pages are below.

Swindon Civic Voice

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swindoncivicvoice/

Web: http://www.swindoncivicvoice.org.uk

The Mechanics’ Institution Trust

Web: https://mechanics-trust.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mechanicstrust/

Then we’ve also got:

  1. Swindon Heritage Magazine: http://www.swindonheritage.com
  2. Save Swindon’s Heritage: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1828692104039326/
  3. Born again Swindonian: https://www.facebook.com/BornAgainSwindonian/
  4. Swindon Viewpoint: https://www.facebook.com/Swindon-Viewpoint-79831721506/?fref=ts  – http://www.swindonviewpoint.com
  5. The wonderful people – Mike Pringle et al – at the Richard Jefferies museum up at Coate Water. The transformation they have wrought on that place is simply fabulous. Here’s their website: http://richardjefferiesmuseum.blogspot.co.uk  and one I did earlier: https://swindonian.me/2016/10/29/the-richard-jefferies-museum

So, with a little help from a conveniently handy (geddit) piece of Swindon’s public art standing proudly outside the Arts Centre – see below – a round of applause for all their sterling efforts. Thank you – all of you.


applause sculpture swindon arts centre

See also: https://swindonian.me/2016/08/18/60-years-swindon-arts-centre/

From: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1113480:

‘The sculpture is to be found in the forecourt of a small facility which is primarily a theatre. The work is by Mark Amis and is described on the plaque as ‘bronze veneer’. It is dated 2003.’