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Swindon's new museum to lead regeneration

We are very much looking forward to hearing Rod Hebden, Director, of the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery Trust, speak at our Future Cities Forum: Art Investment and Cities at RIBA in January.

Currently funds are being raised for a new £22 million museum and gallery to house a collection of outstanding 20th century paintings including works by John Piper and Graham Sutherland.

Rod has strong experience in leading and developing major projects in the heritage sector, having worked with national museums for over a decade.

His work includes project fundraising for the Science Museum in Wroughton and London, as well as transforming commercial partnerships for the National Trust.

Whilst at the Science Museum in London, Rod led the successful second stage of their national Heritage Lottery Fund submission, securing £6m for a major gallery, as well as arranging funding income from a range of trusts, foundations and commercial sponsors.

With a strong background in science and engineering, he also researched museums and exhibitions at Imperial College London, and worked with international brands to develop the visitor experience at National Trust properties.

Passionate about Swindon’s heritage and its future, Rod recently took on the role of Project Director to develop plans and funding to deliver a new Museum & Art Gallery in Swindon.

The architecturally striking cultural facility will provide a new home for the town’s nationally significant Modern British Art collection and vast museum collections, whilst becoming a catalyst for Swindon’s new Cultural Quarter and town centre regeneration.

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