18th August 2021

Mechanics’ Matters Newsletter No 2

Mechanics' Matters Newsletter No 2 - central community centre and the barracks in the GWR railway village

11th/12th SEPTEMBER 10-00am to 16-00pm 

Mechanics’ Matters Newsletter No 2
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. It brings together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers.  Places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. The Mechanics’ Institution Trust, in partnership with the Heritage Action Zone, are opening up some of its buildings and putting on several events.

It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all for free.

The Mechanics’ Institution Trust

The Mechanics Institution Trust is both a Building Preservation Trust and .Charitable Trust. The trust was set up to restore and reuse the Mechanics’ Institute. We’re working with the council to make this happen. Further, we’ve established a financially viable plan along with a report that shows how the Institute could be rebuilt. 

Our work is based in the community and our business is to enhance the area we work with in. As part of this work we are opening up the buildings we manage for the public to visit. You’ll be able to see what we are already managing at the Railway Village Museum. Also, how we’ve developed the Bakers as a Café and currently for Community use. Visit the Community Centre with its attractions and see what we’re proposing for the Cricketers.

Visit  https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting or https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/heritage-action-zones/swindon

The railway village cottage museum - Mechanics' Matters Newsletter No 2
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What’s on:

This year’s programme offers a recipe for discovery. The festival’s theme is Edible England. On offer is a large range of experiences and activities all in one place including:

  • Heritage Information
  • Swindon Society
  • Books
  • Story Telling
  • Historic Pictures
  • Authors
  • Bloggers
  • Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
  • Swindon Wheelers
  • The Western Players and other expertise.

Food and drink

  • Purton Organic Farm
  • Nutrition Advice
  • Park Farm
  • Food History
  • Hot & Cold Drinks
  • MIT allotments & gardens
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Getting Involved

Join the Mechanics’ Institution Trust at one of the Open Days and enjoy free Membership until 31st December 2022.

The Mechanics’ Institution Trust is a charity and relies on volunteers and charitable funding although we do generate income from the buildings we currently have responsibility for. We have a range of opportunities and are looking for volunteers and Trustees. If interested please use our website’s “contact us” form. We’d love to hear from you!

Contact the Mechanics’ Institution Trust

You can write to us at: Mechanics’ Institution Trust, Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Swindon SN1 5BP or visit https://mechanics-trust.org.uk/contact-us/  . You can phone 01793 611277 and leave a  message.

Booking the Community Centre or Bakers

Please e-mail your enquiry to: centralcommunitycentre@mechanics-trust.org.uk

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