explore the stories our young people uncovered through interviews and archive research
‘Swindon’s Story’ is one of hard working, ambitious people coming from all parts of the UK to create a world class industry. What makes this story even more special is how they used the same ingenuity and drive applied in the their work to create a totally new town and to address its social and cultural needs. They worked together to create amazing institutions and organisations for the benefit and betterment of the people of this new town – and made it a success.
Click on the timeline below to find out about the individual stories that make up ‘Swindon’s Story’…
Originally called the ‘Juvenile Fete’, 1,500 people attended the first year in 1866. This also became an annual fixture, described as ‘The event of the season’. The busiest year on record was 38,000 in 1904.