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R Shop stores, 1955

R Shop stores, 1955


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Filename: S17 021.jpg

Size: 3000 x 2451 (867KB)

Date: 15th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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R Shop stores, 1955

As seen in 1955 before the removal of the floor. This room was the first room to be used by the Mechanics Institution. The buildings of R Shop now house STEAM Museum of the GWR

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 459481

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Mechanic Swindon


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This print takes us back to the year 1955, offering a glimpse into the rich history of R Shop stores in Swindon. The image showcases the store as it stood before undergoing renovations that would remove its original floor. This particular room holds immense significance, being the very first space utilized by the Mechanics Institution. Steeped in heritage, these buildings were once bustling hubs of activity for both locals and visitors alike. Today, they have been transformed into an extraordinary establishment known as STEAM Museum of the GWR (Great Western Railway). However, this photograph allows us to appreciate their humble beginnings and envision how they served their community during a different era. The black-and-white composition exudes a sense of nostalgia, transporting viewers back to a time when mechanics worked diligently within these walls. It serves as a reminder of how far we have come while honoring those who laid the foundation for progress. As we gaze at this remarkable snapshot from yesteryears, let us reflect on the importance of preserving our industrial past and celebrating our collective achievements. The STEAM Museum stands tall today thanks to its historical roots embedded within R Shop stores – an enduring testament to Swindon's vibrant legacy in engineering and innovation.

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