A Visual History of Swindon – Local Studies at Swindon Central Library

Do you have an interest in the history of the Borough of Swindon? Or perhaps you have ancestors who once lived here? If so, the Local Studies team at Central Library would like to invite you to take a look at our gallery of historic photographs.

The gallery can be found at www.flickr.com/swindonlocal and is completely free to view. We have now uploaded thousands of photographs, slides, maps, plans, drawings and other images, with many more to come. These include some of the very earliest photographs of the town, dating right back to the 1850s.

These images are fully searchable by street name, date, surname or any other keyword you can think of. You are also very welcome to contribute – you can add your own memories or comments, tag photographs or help us identify unknown people or locations.

The local studies and family history service provided by Swindon Libraries is located in Central Library, Regent Circus, and you are always welcome to drop in and see the collection. For more information on our work – or any aspect of local or family history, please get in touch:

Local Studies, Swindon Central Library, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG

1940: Home at last - Just evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk (Swindon men back at Regent Circus)

1940: Home at last – Just evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk (Swindon men back at Regent Circus)

A photograph of Victoria Street (later renamed Victoria Road) probably taken in the 1850s - one of the earliest photographs of Swindon. To the right are the offices of the Swindon Advertiser.

Victoria Street (later renamed Victoria Road) – probably taken in the 1850s – one of the earliest photographs of Swindon. To the right are the offices of the Swindon Advertiser.

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