Talks and Tours

Hubert Cook: Artist of the Swindon Works

At STEAM Museum

Tuesday 28 September and Tuesday 26 October, 11.15 – 11.45am

Explore the life and art of Hubert Cook through a free guided tour of works on loan from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.  

Wroughton-born Hubert Cook entered the GWR Chief Mechanical Engineers Department in 1916, at 15 years old, and continued a fruitful career in the GWR for the next 21 years. During his time as a hard grafting machinist, Cook also became a respected artist, known for his atmospheric work revealing the realities of the Railway Works. The paintings, drawings and lithographs on display date from the 1930s – ‘60s, and show the struggle between man and metal that defined life in the workshops in the mid-20th Century.

Discover more about Hubert Cook by booking onto a talk, offered as part of the Art on Tour Programme from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery – https://www.steam-museum.org.uk/event/hubert-cook-artist-of-the-swindon-works-talk/

Please note these artworks are located in spaces not normally accessible to the public. They are available to view through tours only, and we highly recommend booking.  

Talks will begin promptly at 11.15am. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start time with your booking confirmation.

Hubert Cook, Electric Welder, 1943, Oil on canvas, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©The Artist’s Estate

Through the Window

At STEAM Museum

Tuesday 12 October and Tuesday 9 November, 11.15-11.45am

Explore paintings from the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art, currently on show at STEAM Museum as part of a collaborative exhibition, ‘Through the Window’.

This exhibition celebrates the GWR travel book of the same title, published in 1924 to enhance the enjoyment of passengers travelling between London Paddington and Penzance. Using posters from STEAM Museum and paintings from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, the display explores some of the places that were easily accessible by train and the impact that railways had on tourism and commerce.

Find out more about paintings by Stanislawa de Karlowska, Claude Francis Barry, Lord Methuen, Christopher Nevinson and Christopher Wood, and the ways artists in the 20th Century were inspired by the spaces and places around them.

This talk is delivered as part of the Art on Tour Programme. Spaces are limited so booking is recommended – https://www.steam-museum.org.uk/event/through-the-window-talk/ .

Talks will begin promptly at 11.15am. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start time with your booking confirmation.

Claude Francis Barry, Tower Bridge, London – A War-time Nocturne, Oil on canvas, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, ©The Artist’s Estate