Mike Attwell

About Mike Attwell
Mike Attwell has spent his whole life involved in education. As an academin he worked across a range of disciplines including mathematics, computine, statistics and archaeology. This was followed by three decades working in adult education for the WEA, organising and delivering community learning programmes, many of which were targetted at disadvantaged communities.

The Dixon-Attwell Collection

Event date: Wednesday 14 March from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Ruskin Room, Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter College, Walton Street Oxford OX1 2HE
About the talk: This illustrated talk by Mike Attwell is about a newly discovered archive of photographs and ephemera relating to generations of a Swindon family (from 1899-1984). It provides a unique "time capsule" of the life of a local working class family in and out of the town throughout the 20th century.

There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the talk. This event is free to attend – book your place today.

How did this project come about
Mike's retirement three years ago coincided with the need to clear his parent's house following their move into residential care. He quickly realised that the house contained thousands of historical documents and photographs related to everyday working class life in Swindon during the first half of the 20th Century and he began to sort and catalogue them.

This led to a Heritage Lottery funded project in partnership with Swindon Heritage and the Local Studies Department at Swindon Central Library which aims to catalogue and digitise the collection and to share the contents through a series of lecture, the publication of a book and the dissemination of resource packs to schools and residential homes.