Work begins at Civic Offices for Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Preparatory work for a new lift, which will make the building more accessible to those with mobility issues, will start today (25 July) and is expected to be finished in the next few weeks. 

This is the first step before more extensive works start to turn the top floor of the building into a space suitable for Swindon’s superb history collections and its nationally significant collection of modern British art.

When complete, the Civic Offices will provide around 40 per cent more display space compared to its previous home at Apsley House in Old Town. 

The new venue will also provide improved working conditions and additional areas for staff, volunteers and researchers, presenting an opportunity to restart the museum and art gallery’s volunteer programme. 

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What the heck is a lek?

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Road Runner!

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Belly Buster!

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