This event was held for the press to take photographs and publicise them widely so everyone knows what the plans for the building look like, and make comments. I was present as chair of the Friends, it felt like history was being made, as in fact I hope it is with this iconic new building in the centre of the town.
The morning started with members of the Trust formed to manage the bid, along with Councillor David Renard present for photographs
I'm going to start with models of the building in case Facebook takes the first photo as an illustration of what's in the post. Below there's a close up with the Gharial mounted on the far wall!
The rest of the photos are of groups of people being photographed:
Below Cllr David Renard talking to Nicky Alberry, and in the background, Brian Mattock chatting with Joel Joffe.
Below, I rather liked this shot of Robert Hiscox, Chair of the Trust, and Hadrian Ellory van-Dekker, Director of the Trust standing smiling.
Here are Roger Ogle and Richard Wintle looking at the model. I'll be interested to see Richard's
photographs, he's already Tweeted quite a lot.
Below a photo of members of the Trust together
Graham Carter has already published his piece on this morning in the online version of Swindon Heritage magazine: http://www.swindonheritage.com/
Another here: http://www.swindonnews.org.uk/vision-for-a-landmark-museum-and-art-gallery-for-swindon-revealed/
and Swindon Link magazine: https://swindonlink.com/plans-for-swindons-new-22m-museum-and-art-gallery-unveiled/
What an exciting day for Swindon.