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About The Wilson

Welcome to The Wilson, Gloucestershire’s premier art gallery and museum. We’re part of The Cheltenham Trust, a charity (No. 1158606) dedicated to enriching the lives of residents and visitors through art, culture, heritage, sport, play and performance.

The Wilson houses an internationally significant museum collection of exceptional quality and variety, changing displays of our Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection and fine art collections. We’re home to The Open Archive, which houses our fascinating archives relating to Antarctic explorer Edward A. Wilson, Cheltenham’s history and the Emery Walker Library.

We’re also home to the Wilson Arts Collective, de Ferrieres Community Gallery, and brand new inclusive World of Wonders! gallery.


Our History

From 43 paintings to a brand new World of Wonders! Gallery, we’ve grown a lot over the years.
If you want to be part of our next phase, find out more about supporting us.

Explore our journey to date…

Edward Wilson

Edward Wilson was born in Cheltenham on 23 July 1872, the son of a local physician. His medical and scientific skills were matched only by his artistic talent.

2012 marked the centenary of the British Antarctic Expedition (more commonly known as the Terra Nova expedition) led by Captain Scott. The Polar party included Edward Wilson who came from Cheltenham.

Here at The Wilson you can discover lots about Edward Wilson. See objects used on his expeditions in our Edward Wilson gallery, and explore his incredible watercolors in our Open Archive.

ACE Museum Resilience project 2016-2018

In August 2016 The Wilson was awarded £273,416 from the Arts Council England Museum Resilience fund.

This 18-month project saw The Wilson test brand new creative approaches, create robust strategies and formed part of The Wilson’s wider ambition to work directly with audiences and produce collections-led displays and exhibitions.

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