Tuesday, 12 February 2008

The old beech tree and museum

This splendid old beech tree was one of a pair that has stood outside the museum on Bath Road for probably more than 150 years - sadly the other tree became hazardous (as very close to a busy traffic route) and was felled. A new beech tree was planted (out of sight in this picture) and appears to be thriving. The roots of the felled beech tree still support some astonishing fungi which appear from time to time.

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery on Bath Road, Old Town

A superb resorce of archaeology, geology and social history of Swindon and North Wiltshire. Also a very fine collection of modern 20thC and 21stC British art and ceramic collection. Among the paintings currently on display is a favourite of mine by LS Lowry. The house was built in the 1830's and was originally called Apsley House - before becoming the museum in the 1930's it belonged to Mr John Toomer (and family) a local coal-merchant. [Admission Free]