Past Events

Date/Time Event Details
12th Dec 2017
18:00-20:00
Christmas Spirit - talk, tasting and quiz with Sibling Gin

The Clarence Social, Cheltenham
Sibling Gin

Get a taste of the Spirit of Christmas with this exclusive Sibling Gin talk, tasting and quiz!  In 2017, gin became the number one spirit in the UK.  The success has been driven by artisan...   (Read more)

7th Dec 2017
08:30-20:00
Door-to-door to London - for exhibitions and/or retail therapy
London Christmas

Our traditional pre-Christmas trip to London. Avoid the stress of driving or public transport - let our coach take you from Cheltenham to a number of central London drop-off points convenient for the following major...   (Read more)

6th Dec 2017
19:30-21:00
Paterson Memorial Lecture: A Museum for the Future (Tristram Hunt)

Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Tristram Hunt

The Paterson Memorial Lecture 2017 Tristram Hunt A Museum for the Future: What lies in store for our Museums and Galleries? Cheltenham Civic Society have been extremely fortunate in securing as their Paterson Memorial Lecturer...   (Read more)

27th Nov 2017
10:30-12:00
Coffee morning talk 162: Prison ... or Perfection? The 1965 Cheltenham Grammar School Building (Robert Rimell)

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham
coffee and cake

The Cheltenham Grammar School building which opened in 1965 was designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, considered to be one of the most important modernist architectural firms in post-war England (they also designed the Barbican...   (Read more)

8th Nov 2017
08:00-16:30
Event now fully booked
Behind the scenes at BBC Bristol

BBC Bristol, Bristol
A tour at BBC Bristol

At the BBC studios, you’ll hear how television programmes are made, and have the chance to visit the interactive studio where some of you can have a go at presenting the news and weather and...   (Read more)

30th Oct 2017
12:15-14:00
Lunchtime talk 161: Nelly Erichsen (Sarah Harkness)

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham
The Orchard by Nelly Erichsen

Nelly Erichsen (1862-1918) was a pioneering artist and illustrator who lived and worked in Chipping Campden in the 1900s, joining the community that had gathered there under the leadership of C.R. Ashbee. Born in Newcastle...   (Read more)

29th Sep 2017
08:30-17:30
Coins, Castles and River Crossings: a visit to the Royal Mint

Royal Mint, Cardiff
Royal Mint

We’ll travel across the second Severn Bridge into Wales to visit The Royal Mint Factory.   It has been said that approximately 1 in 30 of the old £1 coins in circulation were fake and needed...   (Read more)

25th Sep 2017
12:15-14:00
Lunchtime talk 160: John Orlando Parry - an eminently neglected Victorian (Brian Maidment)

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

To complement The Wilson's Victoria in Paris exhibition, the first talk in our autumn programme will look at the life and works of John Orlando Parry, a neglected but fascinating Victorian artist, performer, musician and...   (Read more)

8th Sep 2017
14:00-15:00
Queen Victoria in Paris - curator-led tour

The Wilson, Cheltenham
Queen_Victoria_exhibition

A special tour of the Queen Victoria in Paris exhibition for members of the Friends, led by the exhibition curator, Rosie Razzall, Curator of Prints & Drawings at The Royal Collection. Places are limited to...   (Read more)

5th Jul 2017
12:00-14:15
Luncheon Club Talk 159: The Wilson’s Paper Store (Ann-Rachael Harwood and Kirsty Hartsiotis)

St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham
Paper Store

As Friends of The Wilson you know all about the Paper Store, The Wilson's archive display space. Or do you? Are you confident you could find your way there without the penguin feet to guide...   (Read more)

27th Jun 2017
08:40-18:30
A day trip to the American Museum in Britain, Bath

American Museum in Britaiin, Bath

The American Museum takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts (including over 200 quilts), the...   (Read more)

21st Jun 2017
18:00-20:00
AGM

Municipal Offices, Cheltenham

Our 33rd Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 6:00 pm for formal business at 6:15 pm in the Council Chamber, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham. Following the official business of...   (Read more)

16th May 2017
12:00-14:15
Luncheon Club Talk 158: D.W. Herdman and Cheltenham’s Arts and Crafts Collection (Mary Greensted)

St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham
Mary Greensted

D.W. Herdman moved to Cheltenham from the north-east in 1921 to take up the post of librarian-curator. He spent 30 years of his working life in the town and contributed a huge amount to the...   (Read more)

4th Apr 2017
08:30-19:00
A private visit to Stonor

Stonor, Henley-on-Thames
Stonor

A private visit has been planned to see Stonor. Nestling in a fold of the beautiful wooded Chiltern Hills, it is now home to The Lord and Lady Camoys, having previously been in the hands...   (Read more)

21st Mar 2017
12:00-14:15
Luncheon Club Talk 157: The Word Detective (John Simpson)

St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham

The Oxford English Dictionary is the leading and most trusted English dictionary. With some 650,000 words, phrases and meanings, it offers the most comprehensive coverage of English everywhere it is spoken. Most of us will...   (Read more)

19th Feb 2017
08:30-18:00
Oxford Coffee Concert at the Holywell Music Room

Holywell Music Room Oxford, Oxford
Holywell Music Room

Due to the popularity of the Coffee Concerts in the past, tickets have been reserved for Friends to attend the concert to be given by the highly rated Adderbury Ensemble on Sunday 19th February.   Formed...   (Read more)

15th Feb 2017
12:00-14:15
Luncheon Club Talk 156: Art and the Criminal Market (Riah Pryor)

St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham
Crime and the Art Market

What are the reasons for criminal activity in the art market? Is art crime on the increase? Are cases ever solved? The belief that the art market's opaque and unregulated practices are indirectly to blame...   (Read more)

1st Feb 2017
12:30-15:30
Winter Lunch at The Storyteller plus a private tour of the Masonic Hall

The Storyteller, Cheltenham

Banish the winter blues and join the Friends for lunch at The Storyteller on Wednesday 1st February. The Storyteller prides itself on being one of Cheltenham’s most exciting and unusual restaurants and they have created...   (Read more)

1st Feb 2017
10:30-12:00
Welcome event for new members

The Wilson, Cheltenham

  An opportunity for new members to meet members of the committee and other members of the Friends, and to have a tour of the galleries led by members of The Wilson's curatorial team. Coffee...   (Read more)

17th Dec 2016 - 18th Dec 2016
12:00-18:00
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Miniatures

PJ Crook’s Studio, Bishops Cleeve
Invitation

Our President PJ Crook invites all members of the Friends to drop in to her Christmas open studio for Mulled Wine, Mince Pies & Miniatures Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December 12.00 - 6.00 pm...   (Read more)

9th Dec 2016
12:00-14:15
Luncheon Club no 155: Enchanted Cotswold Country - John Drinkwater and the Arts and Crafts Movement (Kirsty Hartsiotis)

St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham
Drawing of John Drinkwater

Dymock poet John Drinkwater had links with the Arts and Crafts Movement from his early days in Birmingham through to his time living in Far Oakridge, near Stroud, during the First World War. As a...   (Read more)

5th Dec 2016
09:00-20:00
London Exhibitions and Retail Therapy

The Wilson, Cheltenham

This outing allows Friends to see their chosen exhibition from those currently showing at the following: Royal Academy: Abstract Impressionism British Library: 20th Century through Maps The National Gallery: Beyond Caravaggio National Portrait Gallery: Picasso...   (Read more)

3rd Nov 2016
19:00-23:00
Tercentenary Civic Dinner

Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

2016 is the three hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the spring which led to Cheltenham's establishment as a spa town. To mark this historic anniversary the Friends have joined with the Civic Society to...   (Read more)

1st Nov 2016
12:00-14:15
Luncheon Club no 154: Laura Knight (Heather Whatley)

The Wilson, Cheltenham

Heather Whatley founded and has been Chair of the Malvern Friends of Dame Laura Knight Society since 2008. She will be talking about Laura Knight’s early years, from her birth near Nottingham in 1877 till...   (Read more)

29th Oct 2016
09:30-19:30
A visit to the Musical Museum at Kew Bridge: this visit has been CANCELLED

Musical Museum, Brentford

Please note that this visit has been cancelled. A visit has been planned to see this quirky museum, which contains the world’s foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments, including minute clockwork music boxes, player pianos...   (Read more)

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