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Antarctic and Wilson Family Collection

The museum holds a unique collection of watercolours and drawings made by Edward Adrian Wilson, the explorer who accompanied Scott on two Antarctic expeditions. Wilson was engaged as a naturalist and artist, but he was also a medical doctor, and the collections reflect all aspects of his life and training. There are also significant archives relating to the ‘heroic age of Antarctic exploration’.

Information Sources for Antarctic History

In addition the Wilson Family Collection is an ever increasing archive of a Cheltenham family who by their interests and philanthropy made a significant impact on the town and beyond. It contains the family papers of Edward Adrian’s father, Edward Thomas Wilson, who was instrumental in founding the Camera Club, museum, library, a fever hospital, district nursing organisation, and clean water provision for the town. Edward Thomas’s wife, Mary Agnes Wilson, made her mark by writing a book on chicken rearing; and all their children, not just Edward Adrian, played an active role in society. We hold, for example, First World War correspondence from Bernard and Jim Wilson; their cousins Francis and Charles and the Wilson women.


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