Update from Steve Maddern, Director of Public Health

Earlier this week the Government introduced a three tiered system of local ‘COVID Alert Levels’ in England. Every area of England now falls into three categories – medium, high or very high, depending on the local rate of infection. As Swindon’s infection rate currently remains significantly below the average in England, it falls under the… read more

Swindon’s STEAM Museum to reopen on 17 September

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway has announced plans to reopen its doors to the public. The Swindon Borough Council-owned and operated museum will reopen its doors to the public this Thursday (17 Sep). Visitors will be requested to respect social distancing measures. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the museum, and a… read more

Starting to reopen our libraries

ince March, in line with government coronavirus guidelines, Swindon’s five core libraries have been closed to the public. As restrictions begin to ease, we can now start a phased process to reopen our libraries, while ensuring you and our staff are safe at all times. From today, (14 July), we have introduced our new Click,… read more

Swindon’s STEAM Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary

Swindon’s iconic railway museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month. Staff at STEAM are marking this important milestone with a look back at the early days of the museum and some of its many highlights from the last two decades. The museum is currently closed due to COVID-19. When it re-opens, however, visitors will… read more

STEAM Museum launches 360° virtual tour

People with a passion for railway heritage can now enjoy the various displays and exhibitions from Swindon’s STEAM Museum from the comfort of their own homes during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown period. The Swindon Borough Council-owned museum, which is currently closed to the public, is offering free virtual 360-degree tours of its popular exhibits. Isambard… read more

Swindon Libraries March E-Newsletter

As we are all faced with reducing social interaction to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all library buildings are closed until further notice. We are working hard to ensure you are still able to access library services from home. Helping you access library services online All library loans will be automatically renewed until libraries are… read more

Tenant Focus – March 2020

Important information for Tenants Rent increase for 20/21 Following a consultation, the Council have decided to increase council rents for 2020/21 by 2.7%. This rent increase followed a 1% reduction for the past four years. The increase will be spent on maintaining our current services. Response to the consultation was mixed, with some agreeing with… read more