Past Events

Date/Time Event Details
5th Apr 2022
19:30-21:00
Friends of the Wilson Quiz Night
Cheltenham Spa Bowling Club, Cheltenham
Friends of the Wilson Quiz Night
Come and test your general knowledge at a Friends’ Quiz evening at Cheltenham Spa Bowling Club. You are welcome to come with a team of your friends and family or come along and join other...   (Read more)
31st Mar 2022
14:30-16:30
Talk: Morris, Burne-Jones and the Business of Stained Glass with Adrian Barlow
St Philip & St James Church, Cheltenham
Talk: Morris, Burne-Jones and the Business of Stained Glass with Adrian Barlow
Stained glass was one of the first forms of decorative art to be associated with the name of William Morris. Although the firm he established, Morris & Co., closed finally in 1940, the name remains...   (Read more)
23rd Mar 2022
All Day
Art and Architecture in Oxford: Pissarro exhibition at the Ashmolean and tour of the Bodleian Library
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Art and Architecture in Oxford: Pissarro exhibition at the Ashmolean and tour of the Bodleian Library
Linked to our February talk, ‘Pissarro: Father of Impressionism’ by Nick Nelson, we invite you to join us on this coach tour to view this major exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford. Camille Pissarro (1830–1903)...   (Read more)
14th Feb 2022
13:30-15:30
Talk: Pissarro: the Father of Impressionism
St Philip & St James Church, Cheltenham
Talk: Pissarro: the Father of Impressionism
Camille Pissarro certainly rivals Claude Monet apropos of the epithet ‘the father of Impressionism,’ given he was the only painter to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions, which he accordingly financed and organised to boot!...   (Read more)
19th Jan 2022
09:30-16:00
Two Exhibitions at Compton Verney
Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Two Exhibitions at Compton Verney
Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making and John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace This exhibition will celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) as part of a year-long series of...   (Read more)
10th Jan 2022
10:30-12:00
‘He went about doing good’: the life of Dr Edward Thomas Wilson (1832-1918)
‘He went about doing good’: the life of Dr Edward Thomas Wilson (1832-1918)
Cheltenham has been enriched by the Wilson family, a fact recognised by the renaming of its museum and art gallery in 2013, yet the family member who did most for the town is hardly known....   (Read more)
2nd Dec 2021
09:15-17:15
Worcester: Museum of Royal Worcester and the Victorian Christmas Fayre
Museum of Royal Worcester, Worcester
Worcester: Museum of Royal Worcester and the Victorian Christmas Fayre
Discover 250 years of colourful stories through the world’s largest collection of Worcester porcelain, and important factory and design archive – in the place where they were made. In stunning galleries, completely refurbished in 2018...   (Read more)
7th Oct 2021
18:30-20:30
Friends’ Reunion and Reception: Guest speaker Loyd Grossman
Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
Friends’ Reunion and Reception: Guest speaker Loyd Grossman
An important occasion for all Friends and, especially for members who have joined since April 2019 and/or have not previously attended a New Members’ Welcome Morning. The trustees hope that as many Friends as possible...   (Read more)
21st Sep 2021
09:10-17:30
Trip: Jewels in the Crown: Sezincote & Chipping Campden
Sezincote Estate, Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire
Trip: Jewels in the Crown: Sezincote & Chipping Campden
Charles Cockerell, who served with the East India Company in Bengal,  inherited the Sezincote estate from his brother John in 1798. Charles, later Sir Charles, employed his own brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell, as an architect...   (Read more)
13th Sep 2021
10:30-12:00
Online talk: 71,000 Eggs a Year: The Story of Tewkesbury Abbey
Online talk: 71,000 Eggs a Year: The Story of Tewkesbury Abbey
In 2021, Tewkesbury celebrates the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey. The present Abbey was founded in 1102 to house Benedictine monks and was near completion when consecrated on 23rd October 1121. Sir...   (Read more)
22nd Jul 2021
11:00-17:00
Trip: Highnam Court & The Holy Innocents Church, Gloucester
Highnam Court, Gloucester
Trip: Highnam Court & The Holy Innocents Church, Gloucester
Postponed from 24th June. We are very fortunate to have been given the opportunity of a talk on Highnam Court together with a tour of the Music, Dining and Gold Rooms on the ground floor....   (Read more)
5th Jul 2021
10:30-12:00
Online talk: Battle of Tewkesbury anniversary
Online talk: Battle of Tewkesbury anniversary
The year 2021 is an exceptional year for Tewkesbury as it marks the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey together with the 550th of the Battle of Tewkesbury, the most decisive of the...   (Read more)
21st Jun 2021
10:30-12:00
Online talk: Herbert Ponting: Scott’s Antarctic Photographer and Pioneer Filmmaker
Online talk: Herbert Ponting: Scott’s Antarctic Photographer and Pioneer Filmmaker
In 1909, in London, Salisbury-born Herbert Ponting was recruited by Captain Scott to record, in photographs and on film, his second Antarctic expedition, one in which Cheltenham’s Edward Wilson would play a leading role. During...   (Read more)
17th May 2021
10:30-12:00
Online talk: Art and Freedom
Online talk: Art and Freedom
At a time when freedom from lockdown is almost tangible, this illustrated talk focuses on the fascinating theme of art and freedom. Much great art has been created during personal or more public bids for...   (Read more)
26th Apr 2021
10:30-12:00
Online talk: Virtual tour of the City of Bath
Online talk: Virtual tour of the City of Bath
THE LINK TO THE ZOOM EVENT WILL BE SENT OUT ON THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. If you don't receive the email, then please check your junk folder, or phone Alison on 01242 519413. After...   (Read more)
8th Mar 2021
10:30-12:00
Online Talk: Arts and Crafts, Folk Song and Dance
Online Talk: Arts and Crafts, Folk Song and Dance
THE LINK TO THE ZOOM EVENT WILL BE SENT OUT ON THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. The folk song and dance revival in England in the early years of the Twentieth Century involved many people,...   (Read more)
22nd Feb 2021
10:30-12:00
Online Talk Arthur Cameron: a “reformed Cockney in Arcadia”?
Online Talk Arthur Cameron: a “reformed Cockney in Arcadia”?
Image: Copper repousse charger made by Arthur Cameron for the Guild of Handicraft, 1892. The Cheltenham Trust / Cheltenham Borough Council THE LINK TO THE ZOOM EVENT WILL BE SENT OUT ON THE DAY BEFORE...   (Read more)
18th Jan 2021
10:30-12:00
Online talk: Architecture and Planning of Late-Georgian Spa Towns
Online talk: Architecture and Planning of Late-Georgian Spa Towns
Cheltenham was one of the most successful and fastest-growing leisure resorts of the late Georgian era.  This talk will discuss its development, and that of other spa towns, as they responded to changing patterns of...   (Read more)
9th Dec 2020
10:30-12:00
Online talk: A new look at the Nativity
Online talk: A new look at the Nativity
This illustrated online lecture will look at ways in which artists have presented images of the birth and childhood of Christ – from the Annunciation and Visitation to the Flight into Egypt and the Presentation...   (Read more)
16th Nov 2020
10:30-12:00
Online talk: Arts and Crafts Movement First World War Memorials in Gloucestershire
Online talk: Arts and Crafts Movement First World War Memorials in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire has an unusual concentration of war memorials by Arts and Crafts Movement designers, ranging from memorial crosses, stained glass windows and more practical memorials like water troughs.  Discover the stories, the trials and the...   (Read more)
14th Oct 2020
10:30-12:00
Portraits from The Wilson’s Collection - Online discussion
Portraits from The Wilson’s Collection - Online discussion
Kenneth Clark described portraiture as the artist’s ‘use of the accidents of each individual face to reveal inner life’. This Zoom talk and discussion led by the Chair of the Friends, Adrian Barlow, will test...   (Read more)
16th Jul 2020
11:00-17:00
POSTPONED Visit to Highnam Court & The Holy Innocents Church, Gloucester
Highnam Court, Gloucester
POSTPONED Visit to Highnam Court & The Holy Innocents Church, Gloucester
Due to the continuing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus and our responsibility to maintain the safety of our members, the visit to Highnam on 16th July 2020 has been postponed until 15th June 2021. If...   (Read more)
10th Jun 2020
08:45-17:00
CANCELLED Compton Verney and Kiftsgate Gardens: A feast for the senses
Compton Verney, Warwickshire
CANCELLED Compton Verney and Kiftsgate Gardens: A feast for the senses
This event has been cancelled as Compton Verney continues to be closed to the public.The curators are currently negotiating an extension to the planned Cranach exhibition and we hope to be able to re-schedule this...   (Read more)
22nd May 2020
08:50-18:00
CANCELLED Joint outing for FoTW and FoGC members: Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi
Hereford Cathedral, Hereford
CANCELLED Joint outing for FoTW and FoGC members: Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. This will be a joint outing shared between the Friends of The Wilson and the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, the first of what we hope may become a number of...   (Read more)
24th Apr 2020
08:00-18:00
Event now fully booked
CANCELLED Shrewsbury Museum and Town
Shrewsbury Museum, Shrewsbury
CANCELLED Shrewsbury Museum and Town
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Like Durham, the town of Shrewsbury sits on a hill surrounded by a loop of river, the Severn. For the visitor there is a great deal to see and enjoy...   (Read more)

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