Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker took questions from a packed house about his vision for Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. Ellory-van Dekker is Director and Chief Executive of the Trust and will oversee all stages of the transition of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery from it’s present location, Apsley House in Bath Road, Old Town, to its new, town centre, location in the cultural quarter, beside the Wyvern Theatre.
He was invited by the Friends committee to come and take part in a question and answer session, to share his vision, and give a time scale for the new museum and gallery. The evening was facilitated by Erik Burnett-Godfree, a former education officer at the museum, who gave some useful insights.
The Evening Advertiser sent a reporter, this is their article
Also attending was Roger Ogle to report for the Link magazine; Frances Bevan and Graham Carter for Swindon Heritage Magazine and Marie Lennon from BBC Wiltshire.
Great evening, thank you to Hadrian and Erik, and of course all those who came along and made it such a special event. With special thanks to those who donated raffle prizes, including the Marriott Hotel, Sophie Cummings, The Museum and Art Gallery who donated a goody bag, and of course the hairdressing voucher and massage voucher.
We were also fundraising to restore two paintings:
‘Landscape’ by George Downs and ‘Night Sky 1957’ by Jack Smith. We need to raise almost £1000 to restore the paintings, our raffle raised £161, and entry to the Q&A with Hadrian raised an amount which we can reveal soon. The next fundraising event will be the Magnum wine tasting on 6 October. It’s £15 per person. Tickets from the museum.