Museum & Art Swindon

Three women, viewed from behind, in a gallery looking at a painting.

Museum & Art Swindon (formerly Swindon Museum & Art Gallery) exists to help visitors and local communities discover its inspiring heritage and art collections. 

The Museum holds objects dating from prehistory to the present, including collections in archaeology, geology, palaeontology, natural history, botany, Egyptology, and social history. Swindon’s Collection of Modern British Art is a collection of nationally-significant 20th century British art. The collection focuses on major artists and movements of 20th and 21st century British art. 

Museum & Art Swindon opened at its new location at the Civic Offices in July 2024.

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Roman Pot & Swindon Museum & Art gallery/ Swindon Borough Council – large grey Savernake ware jar found in Highworth

Highworth Roman Pot

The Roman solution to keeping things cool From: Museum & Art Swindon This large Roman storage jar is 2-foot-high and nearly as wide. With iron

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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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