The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Summary:Dedicated to local hero Edward Wilson, the Antarctic explorer considered by many to be Cheltenham's greatest son, the Spa town's extended Art Gallery & Museum reopened in October 2013 after a transformational development which has provided four new floors.
Cheltenham's newly-extended Art Gallery & Museum reopened it doors to the public in October 2013 with a transformational development costing about £6.3 million.
The building in Clarence Street has four new floors which house a gallery dedicated to The Wilson's extensive fine art collections, and two superb exhibition galleries for showing national and international touring shows.
New gallery space is dedicated to the internationally renowned Arts & Crafts Movement, which was rooted in the Cotswolds.
There are also open archives showing tales of local heroes, including Cheltenham-born Edward Wilson, one of Captain Scott's key men on his fateful 1912 expedition to Antarctica in which they both perished. The Wilson is named after the man considered by many to be Cheltenham's greatest son.
Temporary exhibition spaces are filled with varied programming including fun shows for families. The Wilson also houses Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, The Wilson Café and The Guild at 51.
At the Tourist Information Centre, located on the ground floor, you can find out what's on, where to stay and where to go in the wider Gloucestershire and Cotswolds area.
The Guild at 51 is the new shop from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, whose members continue to produce contemporary craft in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Founded in 1933, the Guild seeks to promote the work of its skilled makers and offers a year-long programme of workshops, talks and exhibitions in partnership with The Wilson.
The Wilson is open daily from 9.30am to 5.15pm but is closed on December 25, December 26, January 1 and Easter Sunday. Admission is free.
Picture: Quintin Lake 2013
The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT