Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Swindon Heritage

Do not be fooled by the casual mien of this group of people, chatting, making tea, waving.  This group knows more about the collective history of Swindon and its surrounds than you can shake a stick at.

Members of the Swindon Society, Rodbourne Community History Group et al, independent researchers and freelance writers gather four times a year to look at what's new on the local history scene and last night's meeting was a doozy.

Graham Carter, journalist and columnist on the Swindon Advertiser, gave the Swindon & District History Network a sneak preview of Swindon Heritage - an 80 page, all colour, glossy magazine due out Spring 2013 - the like of which Swindon has never seen before.

Network members got to view a select few pages - the record of Swindon men's sacrifice during WWI by military historian Mark Sutton and a companion piece written by two Commonweal students just returned from a visit to the battlefields.  The story of the Stratton workhouse as seen through the eyes of Hammerman poet Alfred Williams by Graham and the story of Swindon's forgotten suffragette, Edith New as featured in this blog.

With just a few final tweaks to be made to this first edition the production team will soon be putting this exciting new publication to bed.  The Swindon Heritage website will be going live any day now with details on how to subscribe.  Watch this space ...

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