A history of the Journal through the cover illustrations.
An almost Dickensian scene for the Winter issue from Tim Carroll.
Thanks to Tim Carroll for this evocative view of Old Town.
A familiar view for anyone driving to Swindon station from '100 views of Swindon' by Tim Carroll.
The Mechanics Institute as seen by Tim Carroll.
Another stunning Tim Carroll painting, this time of Town Gardens.
The Journal goes colour and Tim Carroll takes over as cover artist. Taken from his 100 views of Swindon here is Rodbourne Road.
In a year when we remembered the start of WW1, this cover honoured one poet
(C. H. Sorley) while he honoured another (Richard Jefferies) in verse.
Things are really looking good as the phoenix rises from the ashes of Apsley House.
A more optimistic time for the Museum as new management and the promise of relocation looks for the first time ever close to reality.
The whole of this edition was dedicated to Mike Yates brilliant article on Ralph Bates.
More trouble at SBC and for the Museum it seems. All councils at times appear Kafkaesque or Stalinist at times. Here Uncle Joe is in front of the old Town Hall.
Judith Thomson wrote a feature on Klimt for this edition. I took 3 leading lights from 20th century Vienna and put them on playing cards. I was reading Robert Musil's 'The Man Without Qualities' at the time.
This edition featured an article by Mike Yates on the exhibition of Adani figures he had curated for Post Modern.
Inspired by an article in the Journal this homage to Magritte shows a rock from one of his paintings falling on the Magic Roundabout.
A view from the old technical college to the soon to be demolished Swindon College.
An old man takes a rest outside the the old Town Hall by a Christmas tree.
Barbara Dixon (curator at the time) asked me to come up with an idea for a short museum project and I devised Wiltshire Pop Up Museum. 8 days with a different mini museum each day concentrating on things in and around Wiltshire. Each exhibit was shown in a small display case with an accompanying short film. They ranged from a collection of lost property from Thamesdown buses, an artists collection of limescale deposits, a visit to the old derelict Swindon College and Ray Popes Photo Museum in the Pewsey Vale.
Many people questioned the proposed development at Coate. I was pessimistically saw a new housing estate or block of luxury apartments named after Richard Jefferies in the hope that we'd all shut up about the importance of the area.
Another promise of a new Museum and Art Gallery, there have been many over the years. Sadly my prediction was right and the possibility of it happening was always on the outer edge of the universe while the meteorite SBC was travelling in an opposite direction.
The black hole within the Journal.
Swindon and John Murray tower in flood, I'd just read Richard Jefferies' 'After London' obviously he never mentioned the demise of Swindon Borough Council or Macdonalds.
This drawing was from an early photograph of Silbury Hill and the adverts were supposed to represent Christmas past.
This cover was something to do with an article in the Journal which I don't remember, but I used a scene from a Daphne Du Maurier novel where the parson draws a picture of his parishioners as gullible sheep.
The patient at this time was SM&AG unfortunately the doctor (either central government and/or local authority) was in not too good health either.
A rook in 4 different positions on a tree. The bird was much loved and brilliantly described by Richard Jefferies.
This is Ancient Athens in the palm of a hand to mark Kirsty's departure to Cheltenham.
This was part of a recruitment drive, the vacant photo frames were for new members.
The digital world.
Not sure what the great discoveries 1 - 192 were.
Swindon station as it used to be. A friend of mine who went to school at St Josephs remembers the great excitement he always felt when he heard the PA announcement, 'Welcome to Swindon.'
It wasn't my career as a retained firefighter that inspired this more the sad realisation that given half a chance some would be happy to see historic architecture perish. Not sure but there may have been one of the many Lacarno fires around this time.
New shoots on a health-ish looking plant that might well fall over without the stake. This is another cover where I'm not sure about the idea behind it. Truth is everything needs support.
Cuts dig deep once again and a Tony Blair like figure seems to be swallowing up Westminster.
The Christmas rush seems to be reflected in the amount of time I spent doing this cover.
I did this cover in response to an essay by Richard Jefferies where he describes standing in Trafalgar Square watching thousands of birds fly around Nelson's Column. The sculpture was put up only a few yeas before Jefferies birth and probably seemed modern and cosmopolitan to him.
Out of tiny specks great journals may grow.
Who these people are I do not know they could be regular museum goers or just a selection from the street.
If you've used a potters wheel you'll know that this can happen, the drawing idea probably relates to an article in the journal. The idea that life or anything you try and do might get out of control is known to all.
Not sure what the theme was here but it seems to be about accessibility by showing a small child being engulfed and bewildered with the many different subject headings which are all linked and would probably be easier to understand if exhibited that way. He appears to be wearing a Nike T-Shirt.
It's a rather ludicrous drawing and I've no idea what I was thinking of here, there seems to be 2 people on a stage making music and drawing to the audience.
The first of the new style Journal with bespoke cover. Easy to see what the theme is here, the problem of how funding and finances are best divided. Such a drawing could be on any of the covers in the past now and probably in the future.