Past Events

Date/Time Event Details
16th Jul 2020
POSTPONED Visit to Highnam Court & The Holy Innocents Church, Gloucester
Highnam Court, 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
CANCELLED Compton Verney and Kiftsgate Gardens: A feast for the senses
Compton Verney, Warwickshire
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
CANCELLED Joint outing for FoTW and FoGC members: Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi
Hereford Cathedral, Hereford
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
Event now fully booked
CANCELLED Shrewsbury Museum and Town
Shrewsbury Museum, Shrewsbury
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)
20th Apr 2020
CANCELLED T178 Coffee Morning Talk Arthur Cameron: a “reformed Cockney in Arcadia”?
The Wilson, Cheltenham
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Image: Copper repousse charger made by Arthur Cameron for the Guild of Handicraft, 1892. The Cheltenham Trust / Cheltenham Borough Council Arthur Cameron was one of the liveliest craftsmen working...   (Read more)
18th Mar 2020
Young Rembrandt at the Ashmolean
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
This major exhibition in Oxford will be the first in the UK to explore the early years of the career of the most famous of all Dutch artists, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669). Beginning with his...   (Read more)
19th Feb 2020
Event now fully booked
Private tour of Cheltenham College
Cheltenham College, Cheltenham
The Friends are very fortunate that Rachael Merrison, Records and Heritage Manager of Cheltenham College, has arranged a private tour of Cheltenham College site focusing particularly on the art, architecture and history of the buildings....   (Read more)
10th Feb 2020
T177 Coffee Morning Talk Omar Ramsden: Arts and Crafts Silversmith
The Wilson, Cheltenham
Omar Ramsden, Arts and Crafts silversmith, achieved renown in his lifetime, and his reputation for excellence in design and craftsmanship remains high. Occasionally an example of his work comes to a television antiques show today,...   (Read more)
27th Jan 2020
Event now fully booked
Coffee morning talk 176 Music of the Arts and Crafts Movement
The Wilson, Cheltenham
Ashbee and Gimson and the others - their fabulous furniture, artefacts and architecture - these are well known and much admired. But what of the music? How did composers respond to the philosophies of Ruskin...   (Read more)
5th Dec 2019
Event now fully booked
Festive Lunch and Performance at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Cheltenham
PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED START TIME OF 12:15pm Celebrate early this festive season with other Friends at the Everyman Theatre.   Enjoy a three course lunch (with choice) at the theatre`s Matchams Restaurant followed by a...   (Read more)
4th Nov 2019
Tea and Cake talk 175 Ruskin and Venice
The Wilson, Cheltenham
Venice has attracted British writers from Shakespeare onwards, but no writer has had a greater influence than John Ruskin (1819-1900) on the way the British think of Venice This illustrated talk will examine some of...   (Read more)
28th Oct 2019
Event now fully booked
Coffee morning talk 174 Ernest Gimson and the impact of the Cotswolds
The Wilson, Cheltenham
The Arts & Crafts Movement designer and architect Ernest Gimson grew up in Leicester and completed his training in London. Moving to the Cotswolds in 1893 was a radical and life-changing experience which had an...   (Read more)
8th Oct 2019
Cathedral, Cake and Chapel: Visit to Winchester & Burghclere
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester
Winchester Cathedral is a living monument to the heritage of England and is one of the most historically significant buildings in Britain. From the time of Alfred the Great until after the Norman Conquest, Winchester...   (Read more)
30th Sep 2019
Coffee morning talk 173 Leonardo da Vinci
The Wilson, Cheltenham
The 2nd May 2019 marked the quincentenary of the death of the consummate Renaissance man, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452-1519). This provides great scope to reflect on the prolific career of one of...   (Read more)
6th Sep 2019
Event now fully booked
Winterbourne House and Gardens and The Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham
Winterbourne House, Birmingham
Today we will travel to Edgbaston and the University of Birmingham campus to visit Winterbourne House, a notable and rare surviving example of an early 20th century high status suburban ‘villa’ and garden inspired by...   (Read more)
19th Jul 2019
Fake or Genuine? – Friends’ Summer Lunch at Chorley’s
Chorley’s Auction Rooms, Gloucester
The beautiful grounds of Prinknash Abbey once again provide the location of our Friends’ summer lunch at Chorley’s auction rooms. Before lunch, enjoy a chilled welcome drink while Simon Chorley and his team test your...   (Read more)
11th Jul 2019
Evening Reception, Film and Private View at The Wilson
The Wilson, Cheltenham
To celebrate the purchase by the Friends of the George III and Queen Charlotte letters and the opening of The Wilson’s Roof Terrace, sponsored by the Friends. There will be a light buffet and drinks...   (Read more)
10th Jul 2019
Event now fully booked
Discovering more about Wightwick Manor with Adrian Barlow
Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton
During the morning we’ll have private guided tours of this interesting Arts and Crafts house designed by architect Edward Ould. It was built as a home for the successful 19th century industrialist Theodore Mander and...   (Read more)
12th Jun 2019
Exploring art & hidden treasures in Gloucestershire with PJ Crook
St Michael’s Church, Cheltenham
Our first visit will be to St Michael and All Angels church, Bishop’s Cleeve to see PJ’s new altarpiece (as seen in the last newsletter) that was recently dedicated by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek,...   (Read more)
14th May 2019
Event now fully booked
A Visit to Cliveden House and Cookham
Cliveden House, Maidenhead
Cliveden House Hotel is a stunning Italianate mansion set high above the River Thames in Berkshire. For more than 300 years Cliveden was home to dukes, earls, viscounts and, for a while, a prince. A...   (Read more)
30th Apr 2019
Event now fully booked
A Visit to Mells Manor, Somerset
Mells Manor, Frome
Mells village in Somerset is famous for its lovely architecture, ancient streets and dramatic location. We have a special visit to Mells Manor by kind permission of The Earl and Countess of Oxford and Asquith....   (Read more)
2nd Apr 2019
Private visit to the Ladies College
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham
Private visit to the Ladies College with illustrated talk on Dorothea Beale followed by a guided tour around the school with Rachel Roberts. Rachel studied Medieval English and History at the University of Birmingham and...   (Read more)
7th Mar 2019
Private Guided Tour of Hagley Hall
Hagley Hall, Stourbridge
A private visit to 18th century Hagley Hall, one of the hidden gems of the West Midlands. Hagley Hall was the creation of George 1st Lord Lyttelton (1709-1773), secretary to Frederick Prince of Wales and...   (Read more)
27th Feb 2019
Chinese New Year: The Wilson’s Chinese Artefacts and Lunch
The Wilson, Cheltenham
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 27TH FEBRUARY. According to the traditional Chinese calendar, which has a 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning in 2019 is the year of the Pig. It is...   (Read more)
28th Jan 2019
Event now fully booked
Talk 171 at The Wilson: The Agony & The Ecstasy – Klimt and Schiele Reborn
The Wilson, Cheltenham
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE FOR THIS EVENT IS THE FRIENDS' GALLERY AT THE WILSON The 2018 commemorates the centenaries of two doyens of Modernism, in Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Both Viennese Secessionists prolific at...   (Read more)

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