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Trust recommended to manage the Railway Cottage Museum

As part of Swindon Borough Council’s Leisure and Culture Review the Railway Cottage Museum was identified as an asset to be transferred to voluntary sector management. Following an application process and panel interview in December 2014 the Mechanics’ Institution Trust has been recommended to take on the management of the Railway Cottage Museum. We are […]

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Children’s Fete 2012

  The 2012 Children’s Fete will take place on the 21st July and will be a fun day out for all the family. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are interested in getting involved in the Fete, wish to have a stall or want to find out more information please contact us.

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Buildings, Books and Blackboards

The Mechanics’ Worldwide Conference has set set a date for the next international gathering. The event will run 27th November to 1st December 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. This follows the 2009 conference that took place at the Royal Literary & Scientific Institution in Bath, England. The Trust was invited to speak at this conference and […]

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Dangerous Works sparks court action

Forefront Estates, owner of the Mechanics’ Institution, has submitted a defence against legal action from Swindon Borough Council who are seeking to recover funds spent (£393,271.16, plus interest due). These legal proceedings are in relation to the work to the North end theatre roof undertaken by the Council under the Dangerous Works provisions in the […]

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“First Night Riders” to make stop at Swindon Mechanics’

The First Night Riders is a charity motorcycle ride. The 2nd motorbike trip around the UK is the 18th – 25th June 2011 to raise money for The Theatrical Guild. This year riders will undertake a round Britain tour of more new, interesting and historically significant theatres, starting and finishing in London. The tour will […]

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Trust Launches New Website

Swindon’s Mechanics’ Institution Trust is today officially launching its new brand and website. The re-branding, marketing and print is being supported by local company Citrus Creative and the website by Oikos following a 6 month process of development and consultation with Trust members. The Trust will now simply be known as The Mechanics’ Institution Trust, […]

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Visit to Manchester Victoria Baths

We went and visited the baths. They were nice!

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Tetbury Goods Shed

Daniel Rose Chair of The Mechanics’ Institution Trust was invited to attend an open day at the Tetbury Goods Shed on Saturday 16th October. The Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust have plans to restore the last remaining example of railway heritage in the town for community use. The Mechanics’ Institution Trust has proposed that local […]

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Trust published in Government Gazette

The Trust took its thoughts on the Big Society direct to politicians through the publication Government Gazette, distributed and sold to those across the political environment. This well timed article is currently in the party conference editions alongside an article by English Heritage Chair Baroness Kay Andrews. Click on the article to enlarge.

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Mechanics' Theatre roof coming off

As many people know (not least the residents of the Railway Village) the roof is being removed from the theatre due to concerns that it was in danger of collapse and therefore cause damage to the rest of the structure. Swindon Borough Council temporarily took control of the building in July to carry out Urgent […]

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