A local history book about life in Swindon has won the 2018 Alan Ball Award – the national award for local history publications.

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The book “A Swindon Time Capsule: Working Class Life 1899-1984” was the result of a Heritage Lottery Funded project by Swindon Heritage magazine and the Local Studies team at Central Library.

The book explores a vast donation of local history material by former Swindonian Mike Attwell and his family.

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Now known as “The Dixon Attwell Collection”, it relates to Mike’s parents and grandparents.

“Basically, my parents never threw anything away” said Mike, “and neither did their parents!

So when I began the task of sorting through their stuff, I soon realised it amounted to a kind of time capsule of Swindon life, spread over three generations”.

It touches on many topics, from the cradle to the grave and everything in between!

This lavish, full-colour 160-pagebook is available to read in Local Studies and can be bought from the Central Library for only £10.

To find out more about the Local Studies collection visit www.swindon.gov.uk/localstudies

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