The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust is asking Swindonians to send their ideas to help find a new home for the town’s incredible museum and art collections.
Following the decision by Heritage Lottery Fund not to support Swindon’s bid earlier this year, Swindon Borough Council have committed to finding another solution to deliver their Pledge to deliver a new home for Swindon Museum & Art Gallery. The Trust are determined to make sure that the people of Swindon are able to have their say, and are asking people to get in touch in person, by post, or online by the 27thAugust.
Director Dr Rod Hebden says, “it’s important to us that we get input from across Swindon, both on the ideas for location of the museum and art gallery, but also on the criteria that should be used to assess those ideas.”
“Celebrating our heritage and the story of Swindon is as important to our town’s identity and future prosperity as ever. Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have advised that they cannot be a principal funder in a large new facility, so we now need to be creative and draw on the innovative nature of Swindon residents to find the best solution, which must be affordable, deliverable, sustainable and make Swindon proud.” says Rod.
The Options Appraisal will be carried out by Swindon Borough Council officers, who have committed to look at any possible ideas as part of the work.
Along with the Mechanics Institute, the original Options Appraisal shortlisted the Aspen House site and the former Technical College on Victoria Road, both of which have now been given new uses. As a result of that work, the Wyvern Theatre Car park was the selected as the preferred site for a new build.
However, they are now in a position to consider other options which may be new or existing buildings.