Farewell to founder member Jenny

Tributes were paid at last night’s AGM to Jenny Ogle, a founder member of the Friends who has stepped down after 33 years on the committee. Jenny was one of those invited to join the original steering group to set up a friends’ organisation for the Art Gallery and Museum. She became a Founder Member Read More …

Tercentenary Civic Dinner

This event was held at Pittville Pump Room on 3 November to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the discovery of Cheltenham’s spa waters and was jointly organised by the Friends and Cheltenham Civic Society. The distinguished guests included the Mayor of Cheltenham, the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff and Alex Chalk MP. Music and songs Read More …

The Friends buy an important portrait for The Wilson

The Friends went to auction in December to buy an important painting for The Wilson. This large portrait of Captain Henry Skillicorne was put up for sale by the Queen’s Hotel following its recent refurbishment, and its significance was spotted by our trustee Jenny Ogle. Captain Skillicorne (1678–1763) played a pivotal role in Cheltenham’s history Read More …