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23rd July 2019 – 28th July 2019

Happy Birthday Edward Wilson

Join us to celebrate our Patron's 147th birthday anniversary

Tuesday 23rd July marks 147 years since Edward Wilson’s birth in Montpellier Parade, Cheltenham. Join us at The Wilson Café on Tuesday for a free piece of cake to celebrate! On Thursday, we’ll show you the work our Patron is most famous for, his beautiful Nature Notebooks, while on Friday and Saturday, you’ll be able to create these your own during our fun, guided craft workshops for all the family..

We’re also holding a summer-long competition which gives you a chance to have a Nature Notebook of your own displayed at The Wilson!

Click through the slides below to find out more about these and book your tickets.

Thursday 25 July, 6pm

Edward Wilson’s Nature Notebooks

Join Ann-Rachael Harwood, curator of the Wilson Family Collection, to celebrate Edward Wilson’s birthday with a remarkable insight into The Nature Notebooks, a collection of some of the explorer’s earliest drawings and paintings. The notebooks show his love of the hills and woods around Cheltenham; his increasingly scientific approach to recording wildlife, and his development as an artist. The talk will be fully illustrated with images from the rarely seen Nature Notebooks, and there will also be an opportunity to look at some of the original pages on display in the Open Archive.

Friday 26th July 10.30am–12.30pm
Saturday 27th July 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30pm–3.30pm

Nature Trail Workshop

Come and help us celebrate our local artist and explorer’s birthday week at The Wilson. Family art and nature workshops for all ages, inspired by Edward Wilson’s Nature Notebooks. Develop sketching and watercolour skills in preparation for creating your own work for public display at the end of the summer.

Children must be accompanied by parent/carer.

Open for submissions until Friday 23rd August

Create Your Own Nature Notebook: Summer Holiday Challenge

What can you see all around you, in your local area, your school playground, your back garden? Why not spend the summer showing us!

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