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Learning at The Wilson

The mission of Learning at The Wilson is to make our service the departure lounge for a voyage of discovery for anyone who wants to get on board. The Foyle Learning Centre on the ground floor is the venue for a wide range of inspiring hands-on activities and imaginative workshops led by The Wilson’s experienced Learning Team.

If you would like more information or to book any of the activities we offer, please contact the Learning Team at

School Visits

The Learning Team offers a variety of school workshops linked to our collections and exhibitions. They last for approximately two hours, and when combined with an art workshop, up to three. The workshops consist of an introduction illustrated by a variety of artefacts, pictures and, if appropriate, clothing, followed by a hands-on session during which children undertake a variety of activities on a carousel basis, which may include object handling, drawing and dressing-up.

Workshops can be held both in The Wilson’s dedicated education space, The Foyle or on site at school.

Key Stage 3 & 4

The Wilson is Cheltenham’s award winning art gallery and museum. It displays art of national importance and rich collections telling stories of local heroes, including the explorer Edward Wilson. In a new purpose built facility, you will find our dedicated Foyle Learning Centre and modern exhibition spaces that have extended the programming of your local art gallery and museum. School workshops, which link to the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 to 4 and post 16, bring our collections to life through support from professional staff.

Takeaway loans service

The Museum Takeaway Service is a resource loans service for schools, colleges, community groups, care homes and many other organisations across the county. We offer a wide selection of boxes to hire, including natural history, social history, ancient history and culture. Many of the themed boxes are curriculum-related – for example The Romans, World War II, Slavery, Judaism, and Traditional Toys.

The annual subscription fee is £60 plus VAT per academic year or £10 per box. The Takeaway is open Tuesday – Thursday, 2pm – 5pm.

Download the Takeaway Brochure and Terms and Conditions. Email for more information or to book.

The Wilson Arts Collective

The Wilson Arts Collective (or WAC for short) is a group for young people aged 15 to 25 who love art and culture. The Collective meets weekly to plan and deliver activities and events for other young people aged 15 to 25, developing creative projects that engage with the collections and exhibitions at The Wilson.

Wilson Arts Collective provides important opportunities for young people to gain new experiences, from developing their skills as artists to producing live events. The Collective also supports participants to develop valuable social relationships with other young people, often from very different backgrounds to themselves. The Wilson is an important hub for the Collective to meet, rehearse, take part in workshops, and showcase their work.

Find WAC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

CPD Sessions for Primary Teachers

The Wilson Learning Team offers termly CPD sessions for teachers to develop their artistic skills for use back in the classroom. Come and join us for relaxed and friendly evening sessions.

New for this academic year:

4th October: Working with Willow

6th December: Creative Mod Roc

7th February: Print & Pattern

25th April: Teaching Drawing

For more information, please see our CPD flyer, or email us to book!

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