The Mechanics' Institute, formed in 1844, moved into a building looking rather like a church and included a covered market, on .
The New Swindon Improvement Company, a co-operative, raised the funds for this path self-improvement and paid the GWR £40 a year for its new home on a site at the heart of the railway village.
The performance is open to everyone, but there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and elements of the show will be adapted to suit the setting, for example, the lights will not be fully dimmed, the auditorium doors will remain open and loud noises or ‘scary’ lighting effects may be removed.
The cradle-to-grave extent of this service was later used as a blueprint for the NHS.
Swindon railway station is on the line from London Paddington to Bristol.
Swindon Borough Council is a unitary authority, independent of Wiltshire Council since 1997. Swindon is home to the Bodleian Library's book depository, which contains 153 miles (246 km) of bookshelves and also has the English Heritage National Monument Record Centre and the headquarters of the National Trust, on the site of the former Great Western Railway works.
We work closely with local coach company Barnes Coaches, meaning we’re able to offer exclusive discounts on coach hire for schools within a 10 mile radius of our theatres.
For the pantomime production of Aladdin, schools will have access to the following discounted prices when quoting 'Swindon Theatres' when booking with Barnes Coaches.
The GWR built a small railway village to house some of its workers.