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Events for 20th May 2019 - 26th May 2019

Special Exhibition: 'Time on Trial'

Date: 14th January 2019 - 31st December 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Until December

Time on Trial

Dynamometer car interior, 1948

In 1910 a Great Western Railway Star Class engine entered into a race against a London and North Western Railway CompanyExperiment Class engine.  The competition was held to determine which was the best locomotive. This was the first officially recorded time trial between locomotives from different railway companies.

STEAM’s new exhibition Time on Trial takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948.  Pride and reputation were at stake as the companies attempted to prove their locomotive building expertise.

Visitors will also find out about the first dynamometer car, built by the GWR in 1838 and used to record data from the official test runs.

A collection of stunning images and fascinating archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story.

Cost: Included with STEAM admission and free to STEAM season ticket holders.

Special Exhibition: 'World's Fastest'

Date: 6th April 2019 - 23rd December 2019

Every day

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

From April

STEAM Museum Swindon

In May 1904, the Swindon-built City of Truro locomotive achieved a world record speed of 100mph. Speed was the fascination of the 20th Century and a speeding locomotive epitomised both prestige and glamour. The GWR rebuilt, refined and remodelled locomotives focusing on strength, power and speed. By the 1920s and 1930s these express locomotives became iconic symbols of the GWR.

STEAM’s new special exhibition explores the GWR’s race to become the fastest railway in the World and how advances in design and technology have changed since City of Truro became the first train to travel at 100mph 115 years ago!

A collection of fascinating objects and archive material from the STEAM collection are used to illustrate this story, including the famous Cheltenham Flyer headboard.

This exhibition complements our other new special exhibition Time on Trial, which takes a look at the exhilarating speed trials that took place between the GWR and other railway companies between 1910 and 1948. 

Cost: Included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and is free for STEAM season ticket holders.

Swindon Choral Society: Robin Nelson's Atlantic Odyssey

Date: 25th May 2019

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 19:30

25 May

As part of their 90th anniversary celebrations, Swindon Choral Society presents Robin Nelson's Atlantic Odyssey.

A cantana for chorus, children's choir, soloists and orchestra. An exciting journey using music and visuals to tell the story of the remarkable bird - the Artic Tern.

Joining the choir from the USA will be members of the Choral Society of Middle Georia and Mercer University, with singers from THe JTP Trust Concert Choir.

Tickets are available to purchase at STEAM's Front Desk at a cost of £20 per person. Under 18s - one free per paying person. Proof of age may be needed.

For further information, or to purchase tickets online, please visit: www.swindonchoral.org.uk

 

Cost: Tickets cost £20

May Half Term Fun

Date: 25th May 2019

Location: STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon
SN2 2EY
01793 466646
Email enquiries: steammuseum@swindon.gov.uk

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

25 May - 2 June

School, Holiday

There’s plenty of action and adventure to be had – every day of the week…

See our latest special exhibition, ‘World’s Fastest’ and learn some fabulous facts as you get acquainted with the impressive display of magnificent steam locomotives we have inside the museum.

You’ll hear about the exploits of ordinary people who achieved extraordinary things as you explore our story-telling and interactive displays.

You can be extraordinary too. Be an engine driver as you step aboard our steam train simulator and ‘change the points’ as signalman inside our GWR Signal Box.

On 1 June, it’s time to Meet the Railway Workers – our fabulous fortnightly event where you get to climb aboard three iconic engines: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717* City of Truro and No. 6000 King George V*.  Hosted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, this unique event is free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Two newly installed interactive games take you on some fascinating virtual journeys. Explore life ‘inside’ Swindon Works  and solve puzzles as you travel along the different routes of the Great Western Railway!

Don’t forget to pick up a free family fun trail from our Exploration Station when you arrive at reception. Our trails (included with admission) are designed to suit a variety of ages, adding a fun learning dimension to your visit.

To keep energy levels up, make sure you visit STEAM’s Platform One Cafe, offering a whole range of freshly prepared hot and cold snacks and drinks, using only top quality ingredients.

You’ll be amazed at what you discover at STEAM…

All you need is YOUR imagination!

 

*On loan from the National Railway Museum

Cost: FREE with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket​ holders.