More works of art and artefacts owned by Swindon council could be shown at the Civic Offices in Euclid Street than were on display in the new closed Apsley House in Old Town.

In relation to Swindon Borough Council’s plan to house its museum and art galley in the offices for the medium term, South Swindon parish councillor Sam James asked: “What was the percentage of the overall collection on display at Apsley House?

"What percentage are you able to display here theoretically at the Civic Offices?

The cabinet member for culture, heritage and leisure Robert Jandy said: “The percentage of the Swindon collections that were displayed at Apsley House when it closed to the public in March 2020 was around 2 per cent. 

“The total gallery space at Apsley House is 357sqm. The total floor space at Apsley House (including galleries, stores and office/staff spaces) is 655.6sqm.

"The first floor at Civic Offices offers a total floor space of 930.5sqm. Theoretically, therefore a greater percentage of the Swindon collections can be displayed at the Civic Offices."