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Major Exhibition This August

2017-01-08T22:29:08+00:00July 27th, 2016|

A major exhibiton of polar paintings and photographs is to be held during the first two weeks of August 2016 at Bonhams in London. The exhibition will showcase archive treasures from the art and photographic collections of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

The exhibition will bring together art work by Dr. Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912) and photographs taken by the photographer of Scott’s second expedition, Herbert Ponting. Also on show will be photographs taken by Captain Scott himself and art work by contemporary artists from the SPRI Antarctic Artist in Residence Programme, which is sponsored by Bonhams in co-operation with the SPRI and the Royal Navy.

This is the first chance to see a large exhibition of Wilson’s paintings in some years and is an opportunity not to be missed!

Edward Wilson Play now Showing

2017-01-08T22:29:51+00:00July 2nd, 2016|


Thursday 7th July, Friday 8th July 2016, 8.00 pm

The Subscription Rooms
George Street,

Tickets £ 8.00, £ 5.00 (Concs)
Box Office 01453 760900 or from Stroud TIC

Thursday 18th August 2016, 8.00pm

The Fountain Inn
53 Westgate St,

Tickets £ 8.00, £ 5.00 (Concs)
Box Office 01452 396572 or from Gloucester TIC
​or from Ticketsource

Friday 19th August 2016, 8.00pm

The Painswick Centre
Bisley Street,

Tickets £ 8.00, £ 5.00 (Concs)
Box Office 01453 760900 or from Stroud TIC
or from Ticketsource
First performed at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham to commemorate the centenary of Capt Scott’s ill fated mission to the South Pole, this play charts the life of Edward Wilson, explorer and naturalist on Scott’s journeys to the Antarctic. Wilson encounters a mysterious figure as he and his fellow explorers face the end of their journey at the Pole. Cheltenham born Edward Wilson, the naturalist, was also a caring and religious man and the play explores all facets of his character, not only as an enthusiastic man of science and exploration but also a brave one who died at the South Pole.

“A sledge-load of information… wide-eyed in wonder, still jawed in admiration… a worthy addition to events celebrating (Wilson’s) bravery” – Gloucester Echo.

Stroud Life

The Wilson Penguin

2017-01-08T22:31:45+00:00September 21st, 2015|

In October 2015, The Wilson, Cheltenham’s Art Gallery and Museum, will be welcoming a new resident – a life size bronze Emperor Penguin. The statue, commissioned and funded by the Art Gallery and Museum Development Trust, will be positioned in the foyer to allow visitors to get up close to the penguin. The sculpture will be a first point of introduction for visitors to The Wilson.

The initiative for the commission was to emphasise the brand of The Wilson and to encourage visitors to learn

Emperor Penguins by EAW

more about Dr. Edward Thomas Wilson, naturalist and founder of the museum, and his more well-known son, Dr. Edward Adrian Wilson.

Dr. Edward Wilson was one of Captain Scott’s key men in the Antarctic. A talented doctor, illustrator and naturalist, Wilson’s observations on the two expeditions have helped to shape our understanding of polar wildlife, in particular the Emperor Penguin, the breeding habits of which were unknown until Wilson returned to the U.K from his first Antarctic trip. When he was writing the fiirst Scientific Report on the breeding habits of the Emperor Penguin, it was to his naturalist father to whom he turned for advice. Wilson made a second attempt to learn more about the breeding biology of the Emperor Penguin during Captain Scott’s second expedition, which became known as The Worst Journey in the World.

Wilson’s belongings from his Antarctic adventures are now held in the museum collections at The Wilson, a venue managed by The Cheltenham Trust, and they illustrate the international importance of Wilson’s contributions to Scott’s polar explorations.

Nick Bibby, the sculptor creating the work, is known internationally for creating realistic animals in bronze, and has produced works including familiar British wildlife such as his pheasant and barn owl, plus horses, cattle and other livestock, and from further afield,  a rhinoceros and a life-size Kodiak brown bear, to name a few.



2017-01-08T22:28:03+00:00September 1st, 2015|

Edwardawilson.com is sad to announce the death of CHRISTOPHER JOHN WILSON (1946-2015) the Irish naturalist, author and broadcaster, who was one of the better known great nephews of Edward C J WilsonWilson of the Antarctic, one of Cheltenham’s most famous sons. With his brother, David, Chris worked hard to support The Wilson, the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, which was founded by their Great-grandfather, and recently renamed in honour of the Wilson family. To celebrate the centenary of the death of his famous Antarctic forebear with Captain Scott in 2012, Chris had donated several pictures and other items which had belonged to Edward Wilson, including his christening mug. This later featured in A History of Cheltenham in 100 Objects and is a popular item in The Wilson collections. Even as Chris lay dying, after a short fight with cancer of the pancreas, several boxes of his Wilson family treasures were making their way to The Wilson as a final gift for the people of Cheltenham to enjoy, including Edward Wilson’s signet ring and a wall plaque portrait of Edward Wilson by the famous sculptress, Lady Scott, Captain Scott’s widow.


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