It was lovely to welcome back Mike Pringle to our breakfast meeting to hear more about the challenges he faces keeping valuable Swindon artefacts safe. Mike is the man behind the resurgence of the Richard Jeffries Museum as well as an passionate campaigner to preserve all of Swindon’s past.
With a lively presentation Mike reminded us of the richness of Swindon’s past and artfully linked his original agricultural farm cart to the design of the forthcoming Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. earmarked for Theatre Square.
The new director Dr Rod Hebden will be leading the bid for heritage lottery funding. As he says: “This new museum and art gallery will allow us to shout about how fantastic Swindon is from the rooftops – quite literally, if we want. This building will be absolutely iconic, and people near and far will come to recognise it as an important Swindon landmark.
“The building itself is important for several reasons. Firstly, as a stunning piece of architecture it will remind us that its contents – which include fossils and Roman remains, examples of Swindon’s industry and innovation, and art and artefacts that Swindon people have collected – are very significant indeed.
It’s good to know that Mike will be around to protect these precious remains and ensure the public gets to share in their beauty and grow to understand our magnificent heritage.