Stars of Time Comic Con returns to Swindon’s STEAM Museum this summer

  Celebrities from the big and small screen will once again descend on Swindon as the Stars of Time Comic Con returns to STEAM in June. On Saturday 24th June, fans of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Marvel, Star Wars and many more will have the opportunity to meet and experience different aspects of their favourite… read more

Experience Christmas at STEAM this December!

        Saturday, 3 December and Sunday, 4 December 2022 10:00am – 5:00pm Following last year’s sell-out event, Christmas at STEAM will be returning in three weeks’ time for more festive magic! Browse over 50 artisan market stalls set amidst STEAM’s award-winning museum displays and iconic GWR locomotives. £3.50 for adults and £1… read more

The Swindon Railway Festival returns to STEAM on Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 September 2022, 10am – 5pm!

Experience the amazing detail of 23 of the UK’s finest model railway layouts that will be uniquely displayed alongside iconic Swindon-built locomotives. You’ll also see live steam as Hatch Heritage & Stem Engineers display a selection of their vintage traction engines, plus new special exhibitions, unique trade stands and modelling demos. This year’s event will be held… read more

Swindon’s Great Western Brick Show celebrates 20 years at STEAM

One of Swindon’s most popular events will celebrate its 20th anniversary at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway with a special tribute to the town’s railway heritage. The Great Western Brick Show returns to the Swindon Borough Council-owned museum on Saturday, 1 and Sunday, 2 October. Set alongside iconic GWR locomotives and historic… read more

Special guests confirmed for STEAM’s new Film and Comic Con

A brilliant line-up of special guests have now been confirmed for Swindon’s Stars of Time Comic Con, which will take place at STEAM later this month. The fifth Doctor Who, Peter Davison, and his companion Janet Fielding, Bond girls Madeline Smith (Miss Caruso, Live and Let Die) and Valerie Leon (The Spy Who Loved Me… read more

The big GWR event of the year is back this September! 🚂

This year’s event will be held in memory of Owen Rees Gibbon, who along with his brother John, was instrumental in helping to organise the festival and attracted the best model railway layouts and demonstrators to the Swindon show over the last 21 years. More than 20 high quality model railway layouts will be part… read more

Swindon Libraries Newsletter – May 2022

With the promise of warmer days and drier weather, we look forward to welcoming more of you back in to our libraries as we continue with our calendar of events: The Swindon Festival of Literature is currently underway, and with a few days remaining, there is still time to book tickets for a live event…. read more

Easter Holiday Activities at STEAM…🚂

Step into the story of the Great Western Railway this Easter! Electricity workshops, free family arts & crafts sessions and new special exhibitions are just some of the activities on offer over the Easter holidays! Please remember to book online in advance (including Season Ticket holders). Tickets are now available for visits up to 24… read more

Changes to Swindon Library Services

From today (5 July) there will be some changes to our services: Our opening hours are increasing, and our self-service machines will be available for customers to return books, as well as to issue their own reservations and Quick Choice selection. Your library card will be needed to use the machines. There will also be… read more

STEAM is ready to reopen

STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, will be reopening its doors on Thursday, 27 May. Bookings are now open. All visitors and STEAM Season Ticket holders must purchase timed-tickets in advance via STEAM’s website. Here, you will also find lots of useful information to help you plan your visit. Please note, visitors over 11… read more

Update from Swindon Library & Information Service

As we continue our phased recovery out of lockdown, from Monday, 17 May we’ll reintroduce our quick choice browsing service and public computer access: Quick Choice allows library members to come in to our libraries and choose books from a selection of our stock. Sessions are limited to 30 minutes and you won’t need to… read more

Libraries Spring Into Action

Your library service continues its phased recovery as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. From Monday, 12 April: You will be able to Click, Call & Collect, reserve and return books across all five core libraries: Central, Highworth, North, Park and West Swindon. Please check our website for opening hours for individual branches. The… read more

Libraries March On

The days are getting longer and with only weeks to go before spring, things are starting to look a bit brighter. Some of our library staff continue to be redeployed to support essential COVID-19 work within our community and therefore the majority of our libraries remain temporarily closed. Whilst Central Library remains open, all loans… read more