HLF-funded history book

Commission to plan, co-research, write and design a local history book for Eastcott Community Organisation who manage Savernake Street Social Hall. Early research discovered that the site was donated to the Borough a century ago in 2018. This 40-page book describes the site's history: it's intended purpose, change of covenent, WWII and post-war uses. The book, priced £5, is available from Swindon Central Library.

history heritage book front cover

In planning, writing and designing 'Legacy of a Rag and Bone Man' my aim was to ensure that it was accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they know Swindon or anything about national history. Finding images, and gaining permissions to use them, was aided by the Local Studies department of Swindon Libraries. I interviewed local people at 'Memory Teas', some of whom allowed me to include their photographs. Research materials was given to me and further researched, or omitted where bureaucratic detail – often about Borough Council decisions – became uninteresting. 

sample spread from Legacy of a Rag and Bone Man 1

maps showing historical development of the eastcott, Swindon area