All for the Empire: the History of Swindon's Historic Theatre, by Roger Trayhurn and Mark Child
By the time that he reached his 30th birthday, Ernest Carpenter had already revived three previously ailing theatres, and was building a new one in Swindon, a town with no tradition of music hall and very little theatrical experience. The New Queen's Theatre opened in 1898, and became the Empire in 1907. For more than half a century successive managements struggled to find a programming policy that Swindon audiences were prepared to support. This book, by two respected and well known authorities on Swindon, takes the reader from they heyday of music hall and melodrama to the swan song of variety, played out on the provincial stage. An appendix includes details of every production. April 2013, 347 pages, illustrations, paperback, £14.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-27-3
The Swindon Book: a Companion to the History of Swindon, by Mark Child.
The story of Swindon, from the earliest times to the present day, is here encapsulated in an alphabetical compendium of people who have influenced its development, places that have given character to its landscape, and important events that have punctuated its history. Written by an eminent local historian, and write on history, topography and architecture, this is a unique and readable distillation of the centuries. August 2013, 295 pages, paperback, £12.95. ISBN 978-1-906978-28-0.
The Swindon Book Companion, by Mark Child
Sequel to The Swindon Book (see previous title), completed just before the compiler’s death, and offering a further A-Z miscellany of fascinating and often obscure information about this town’s remarkable history. March 2015, 170 pages, paperback, £9.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-30-3.