The First World War collections at the Wilson

2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. Considered to be “the war to end all wars” it lasted four years and cost the lives of millions.


> Cheltenham and the First World War (PDF)
> VAD hospitals in Cheltenham (PDF)
> Postcards of the First World War (PDF)
> First World War Soldiers in Cheltenham (Excel)

Online Exhibitions

> First World War – VAD Hospitals
> First World War – at home and abroad
> First World War – Postcards

Events were held by organisations across Gloucestershire as part of the Gloucestershire Remembers WW1 project.

The Wilson museum displayed a number of objects from its First World War collection in the popular Paper Store gallery, including scrapbooks, postcards, letters and objects from the period. These items provide insight into the First World War and the effect on Cheltenham and its residents

On this website you can explore some of the objects in more detail and see other items within the collection.

Open Monday – Wednesday / Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.15pm. Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm.
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431