Have you ever perhaps wondered how a particular street in Swindon got it’s name or what a particular building was used for years ago – before its current use? Well, join us at Pine Trees Community Centre on Thursday 20th November from 7pm and hopefully you will get your answer!
Robert ‘Bob’ Townsend is a born and bred Swindonian and served his apprenticeship at Swindon Railway Works. After leaving the Railway, he worked for the Royal Navy on Wroughton Airfield, servicing helicopters and working on ground equipment in the workshops. Before retirement, he spent a number of years as a trained Conservator for the Science Museum’s outstation site on Wroughton Airfield, working on such objects as the prototype Austin 7 car and travelling to Japan with a Science Museum touring exhibition.
Bob has a keen interest in local, athletics and cycling history and has been heavily involved in the digitisation of the Swindon Society’s large collection of photographic slides.
This will be an excellent talk to attend for anyone who has an interest in Swindon’s history, so hope to see you there!