First World War
The Wilson holds important archives from the First World War. These include propaganda posters, postcards from the Front Line, albums from local Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) hospitals and stories of individual people, notably the Wilson family, revealed in their personal correspondence and possessions. These give us a valuable insight into the part Cheltenham played in the conflict abroad and at home in the town.
We are currently working on new digital displays for 2018 – watch this space! In the meantime, you can explore our 2014 Gloucestershire Remembers WWI project.
Cheltenham Remembers WWI Commemoration: 2018
In 1918 we are remembering the end of the First World War. To commemorate this significant event The Wilson has joined forces with other heritage organisations and societies in the town, under the banner ‘Cheltenham Remembers’ to carry out a digital project and two exhibitions.
Our exhibition ‘At Last Fighting is Over’: The end of the First World War on the Front and in Cheltenham opens on Saturday 9 June. Find out more here.
We are currently working on the digital project. You can find out more about it here and discover the diaries and letters that are on display in the exhibition ‘At Last the Fighting is Over’ exhibition.
Go to www.cheltenhamremembers.org.uk to find out more about events and exhibitions in the town throughout 2018.
Gloucestershire Remembers WWI: 2014
2014 marked 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.
Events were held by organisations across Gloucestershire as part of the Gloucestershire Remembers WW1 project.
The Wilson displayed a number of objects from its First World War collection in its Open Archive gallery, including scrapbooks, postcards, letters and objects from the period. These items provided an insight into the First World War and the effect on Cheltenham and its residents.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
You can explore some of the objects in more detail here and see other items within the collection.
More to explore
Cheltenham Remembers: Digital Diaries and Letters
Our 'Cheltenham Remembers' digital project involves copying and transcribing some of the Wilson families’ diaries and...
Cheltenham Remembers: VAD Hospitals in Cheltenham
In 1909 the War Office introduced a scheme for the Organisation of Voluntary Aid. Eight VAD hospitals opened in...
Gloucestershire Remembers WWI: The First World War in Cheltenham
When war was declared on Germany on 12 August 1914 many rallied to join up to the army in towns all over the country...