Were you a young person living in Swindon between the 1940's and 1960's?

PUBLISHED: 10:31 21 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:44 20 February 2013

Beaney image - Cricklade Rd - Bob townsend end left and John Townsend end right.

Beaney image - Cricklade Rd - Bob townsend end left and John Townsend end right.

Were you a young person living in Swindon between the 1940's and 1960's? Did you live in the Gorse Hill, Parks, Penhill, Pinehurst or Old Town areas? Do you remember having your photo taken? If so, a £25,000 community project is looking for you!

Were you a young person living in Swindon between the 1940s and 1960s? Did you live in the Gorse Hill, Parks, Penhill, Pinehurst or Old Town areas? Do you remember having your photo taken? If so, a 25,000 community project is looking for you!


Back to Black and White, a historic project made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, involves 130 young people between 11 and 16. They are looking at photographs taken by famous Swindon photographer Albert Beaney, who took portraits and landscapes across Swindon from the 1940s to the 1960s. They want to find those who were photographed, interview them and use the results as part of an exhibition.


Local historian Bob Townsend is pictured with his brother John and two girls believed to be Gillian and Jennifer Jones all of Cricklade Road, Gorse Hill, Swindon. The photo is believed to have been taken by the Gorse Hill Community Centre, Tiverton Road in around 1946.


Bob said I didnt realise I was even on any Beaney pictures, so it was a great surprise to find this one with me and my brother on it. I didnt even recognise myself to start with. I have already met some of the young people working on this project and they are a delight to work with, and I would urge anyone to come forward if they remember having pictures taken. As a member of the Swindon Society its great to see young people take an interest in the history of Swindon and this collection of images has many great stories to tell.


A partnership between Swindon Borough Councils Create Studios, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, and Swindon Youth Forum, this project will also features the young people taking new photographs which, along with the Beaney photos, will be displayed in an exhibition at the Artsite Gallery in Theatre Square.


Hollie, aged 16, is one of those involved with the project. She said, Its so different and interesting and its going to be great to work with the generations.


The first exhibition of Youth Forum work, created with artist Dani Landau, will be held at Artsite, Theatre Square, on Tuesday 16 August - Friday 18 August.


Shahina Johnson of Create Studios said, This has been an amazing opportunity for young people to explore an important part of Swindons heritage. They have already been making their own digital photos to add to the Beaney archive, and they are keen to hear from people who can tell us more about stories behind those archive images.


A larger exhibition in the New Year will feature the work of all 4 participating schools, who will work with the Back to Black and White team over the Autumn.


If you think you have a Beaney image at home or had your picture taken when you were young please do get in touch:


You can call Marilyn Fitzgerald on 01793 465333 or email her atmfitzgerald2@swindon.gov.uk

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