Past Events

Date/Time Event Details
29th Sep 2017
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
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
Queen Victoria in Paris - curator-led tour

The Wilson, Cheltenham

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
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
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

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
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
A private visit to Stonor

Stonor, Henley-on-Thames

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
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
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
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
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)

1st Feb 2017
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)

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

PJ Crook’s Studio, Bishops Cleeve

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
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
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
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
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
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)

22nd Sep 2016
At home with PJ Crook

The Old Police Station, Bishop’s Cleeve, Bishop's Cleeve
PJ Crook and Richard Parker Crook

Our President, PJ Crook and her husband, Richard Parker Crook have kindly offered to open their home and studio in Bishop's Cleeve to the Friends. We are invited to attend either afternoon tea or supper...   (Read more)

19th Sep 2016 - 23rd Sep 2016
All Day
Lille Study Tour

Hotel Grand Place, Lille, Lille
Musee Piscine, Roubaix

Northern France, and in particular the region around the historic city of Lille, tends to be overlooked by those passing through. Yet it has much to offer both historically and in the regeneration of its...   (Read more)

2nd Sep 2016
A visit to Kentchurch Court, Hereford

Kentchurch Court, Hereford
Kentchurch Court, Hereford

*********** This event is now fully booked ************* A private visit has been planned to see Kentchurch Court. This rarely opened house and its fascinating contents has been the setting for various film locations and...   (Read more)

20th Jul 2016
Fifty Years of the American Museum by Judi Grant (Luncheon Club Talk 153)

St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham

Judi Grant is returning to continue her talk to the Friends which she gave in 2013 on a miscellany of objects from the American Museum in Britain chosen by the Curator to celebrate the 50th...   (Read more)

11th Jul 2016
Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas
National Memorial Arboretum

A visit has been planned for the Friends to see the NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, home to over 300 thought-provoking memorials covering both military and civilian associations together with tributes for individuals.   Rich in design and...   (Read more)

4th Jul 2016
A visit to Bristol to see Rembrandt's Self-Portrait

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol

A visit to Bristol to see Rembrandt's Self Portrait on Monday 4th July Our Frameworks partners in Bristol - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery - have invited us to visit them to see Rembrandt’s Self...   (Read more)

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