BOOK REVIEW Angela Atkinson in association with Ken WhiteStroud: Amberley, 2019ISBN 978144569380495 pages, paperback, £14.99, paperback https://www.amberley-books.com/ken-white-muralist-and-painter.html The book is, to pardon the pun, a portrait of the much loved Swindonian artist, from his beginnings at the Great Western Railway works. Angela Atkinson raises a question at the beginning of the book; ‘How did Ken…… Continue reading Ken White: Muralist and Painter
Caroline was born and raised in Swindon and has always had a connection with the Wiltshire landscape. Her father was interested in ley lines and she remembers her first visit to Avebury as a child where they dowsed at the historic site, plotted lines on a map and considered the spirituality and sense of place…… Continue reading Caroline Day – Spirituality in the Landscape
Walk into the search room at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and you will notice a couple of objects not normally associated with archives – a bodice made out of maps and a bathtub. A closer inspection reveals they are two of 17 pieces of artwork produced by students from Wiltshire College’s Chippenham campus…… Continue reading Creatively engaging with archives – WSHC Heritage Education service
A couple of days ago I was lucky enough to view the inspiring new exhibition by Swindon Museum & Art Gallery which uses Creative Wiltshire and items collected as part of the project as its theme. ‘Creative Wiltshire: Celebrating modern art and design from Swindon and Wiltshire’ brings together drawings, ceramics and sculpture from modern…… Continue reading A Creative Wiltshire Indeed!
It’s been a truly exciting year for the Heritage Lottery Funded Collecting Cultures project Creative Wiltshire based at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, with The Young Gallery in Salisbury and Trowbridge Museum both being welcomed as participating museums. The Creative Wiltshire project has provided us with a wonderful opportunity for Archives and Local Studies…… Continue reading Creative Wiltshire – an Exciting 2016
Ken White is one of Swindon’s most famous cultural figures, known for his large murals and paintings of life in the GWR Railway Works. As part of the Creative Wiltshire project, staff from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre visited Ken at his home in Swindon’s Old Town in…… Continue reading Ken White – Swindon Artist
It is not only the amazing Wiltshire landscape which helps produce creativity; as our research progresses, we are discovering just how much creative people across the county provide inspiration and support to each other. A case in kind is the Swindon born artist Ken White who, like the ‘Hammerman’ poet Alfred Williams before him, started…… Continue reading Swindon’s Artistic ‘Hammerman’
As our research gains momentum we are starting to find items that have interesting Wiltshire links. The image may be familiar but can you work out where it is from? Anyone who remembers buying vinyl in 1979 may recognise this album as ‘Breakfast in America’ by Supertramp which sold over 19 million copies worldwide. It…… Continue reading ‘Best meal of the day’ as they say across the pond….