Although Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is currently closed, work is about to begin to convert the first floor of the Civic Offices in Euclid Street into a new museum and gallery. The Civic Offices were built in 1937-39 in the Moderne style, a variant of Art Deco which features smooth surfaces, curved corners and horizontal lines. The building was Grade II listed in 2020, and certainly has a feeling of ambition and elegance about it; one gets the feeling that Swindon had ambition at the time this building was commissioned.
Three members of the Friends were very pleased to be invited to have a look round the first floor before work begins. We were met by Frances Yeo, Swindon Museums Manager and Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Heritage, Marina Strinkovsky and received the following presentation: