Past Events

Date/Time Event Details
19th Feb 2018
Discovering Rolinda Sharples in Bristol

Royal West of England Academy, Clifton, Bristol

Join PJ Crook and Friends in Bristol for a unique celebration of the life and works of the artist Rolinda Sharples. Rolinda (1793-1838) was born in Bath and lived most of her life in Bristol. ...   (Read more)

16th Feb 2018
Event now fully booked
Visit to the Ladies' College with illustrated talk and guided tour

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham

Private visit to the Ladies College with illustrated talk on Dorothea Beale followed by a guided tour around the school. Rachel Roberts studied Medieval English and History at the University of Birmingham, and qualified as...   (Read more)

12th Feb 2018
Event now fully booked
Talk 163 In Search of the Earthly Paradise - Fiona James

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

In search of the Earthly Paradise: the homes, interiors and gardens of The Followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement : Fiona James MA. William Morris and the followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement...   (Read more)

25th Jan 2018
A visit to Coventry Cathedral and its precincts

Coventry Catheral, Coventry

On this trip we’ll be visiting Coventry – the only city in the country to have had 3 Cathedrals during the past 1,000 years. There’s the historic site of 11th century St Mary’s, which was...   (Read more)

16th Dec 2017 - 17th Dec 2017
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies & Miniatures

PJ Crook’s Studio, Bishops Cleeve

Join our President PJ Crook for mulled wine and mince pies at her charity Open Studio over the weekend of 16th - 17th December. PJ's miniatures make fantastic Christmas presents and part of the proceeds...   (Read more)

12th Dec 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)

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