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Mezzanine floor offers best viewing position

Posted by Trevor
March 6, 2012 in Mezzanine Flooring

Renowned for its historical railway links, the Swindon Steam Railway Museum is housed in part of the Swindon Works. In operation from 1843 to 1986, Swindon Works was one of the most prodigious manufacturers of railway locomotives, with the works spreading over 300 acres at the height of manufacture.

The Grade II listed building has been refurbished with the construction of a mezzanine floor and transformed from a working engineering yard into the Steam Museum, keeping the past alive with a series of exhibits and artefacts reflecting the town’s long tradition.

The construction of the engines themselves and the life-size models of the skilled workers hand-making individual components offer a fascinating insight into the industry which transformed Swindon into the thriving centre of the Great Western Railway.

Reconstructions of working components of the railway infrastructure are on show and the museum has an impressive collection of documents and archive materials about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer pivotal in founding the Great Western Railway.

Several HND photography students from Swindon College are staging an exhibition of their work inspired by exhibits in the museum. Called Nine, the photographs are being displayed in the special exhibition area, although viewing is included in the usual museum admission fee.

Visitors to the exhibition have been impressed with the content and display of the photographs, which have been hung on fishing wire so that viewed from the mezzanine floor they appear to be floating in mid-air.

The exhibition is open until 22nd March.

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