The Paper Store

The Paper Store houses changing displays from The Wilson’s archives. These relate to Dr Edward Adrian Wilson and the Wilson family, the history of Cheltenham, the Arts and Crafts Movement,

the Emery Walker Library and Cheltenham’s theatres. Many of the items in these displays are rarely seen – so this is a wonderful opportunity to explore the collection in more detail. This year’s

Paper Store theme is ‘Eminent Victorians’.

The Paper Store is closed for a short period during the spring and during the autumn, please call to check in advance that it is open.

The Paper Store Displays:

Emery Walker Library: Rebels and Reformers until November 2017

This new display explores social change in the Victorian period through the eyes of the Arts and Crafts Movement designers and their friends, including William Morris, Walter Crane, John Ruskin and George Bernard Shaw, and includes books by the Kelmscott Press and the Doves Press. Also featured are the works of Victorian Arts and Crafts designers and artists Ernest Gimson, Sidney Barnsley and Charles March Gere, as well as May Morris, Arthur Gaskin and Joseph Southall. You’ll discover a Kelmscott Manor theme inspired by Gere’s frontispiece to William Morris’s News from Nowhere.

Look out for a new display of Emery Walker Library books On the Cover: Arts and Crafts book bindings opening in November 2017.

News from Nowhere by William Morris, Kelmscott Press, 1893

News from Nowhere by William Morris, Kelmscott Press, 1893

Local History: Eminent Cheltonians

The displays show a selection of photographs and prints of eminent Cheltonians from the Victorian Era. Entertainment features, too, with a selection of playbills and programmes from Cheltenham theatres and the Town Hall. Displays celebrate museum founder, Edward Thomas Wilson’s achievements, as well as those of his more famous son, the Antarctic explorer Edward Adrian Wilson. We are also delighted to show a number of new acquisitions to the Wilson Family Collection, including watercolours and letters by Edward Adrian Wilson.


Prize-winning racing cyclist Mr A E Woodward, 1891


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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

THE WILSON
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
Cheltenham
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431
www.thewilson.org.uk