Joyce Murgatroyd was a well-known historian, poet and artist born in Swindon.
As one of the founders of the Rodbourne Cheney and Moredon library more than 70 years ago, Honorary President of the Swindon Artists Society, a stalwart member of the Swindon Society from the start and member of Rodbourne Cheney Residents Association, she certainly made her mark in Swindon.
Joyce sadly passed away this year at the amazing age of 100 years old, and to celebrate her remarkable life, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery have acquired a group of paintings, prints and medals in her memory from her son David.
The paintings are an accomplished still life painting and a portrait named ‘Gran’, based on a life drawing session at the Swindon Artist’s Society. In addition, he has given a landscape print by Joyce, as well as some of the many medals she won at GWR and British Rail art competitions held in the town.
Local Historian Bob Townsend, long-time friend of Joyce’s son David, and member of the Swindon Society said “Joyce began a long association with the Swindon Society and delivered many talks with great enthusiasm and entertainment. It is wonderful to hear that some of her work has been given to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in her memory and that she will be forever remembered in Swindon”.
You are able to see a selection of Joyce’s paintings on display at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery from today until Saturday 16 July.
A number of her poems and certificates have also been donated to the Local Studies Collection, based at Swindon Central Library.