Na­ture note­book chal­lenge takes in­spi­ra­tion from Wilson

Gloucestershire Echo - - NOSTALGIA -

» AL­MOST 150 years ago on July 23, 1872, the Antarc­tic ex­plorer Ed­ward Adrian Wilson was born in Chel­tenham.

From an early age, he was a pro­lific drawer who grew up to be a tal­ented artist in pencil, ink and wa­ter­colour, as well as a trained sci­en­tist and doc­tor.

As a young­ster, the fam­ily’s move to Crip­petts Farm in the coun­try­side just out­side Chel­tenha, will have un­doubt­edly con­trib­uted to his great in­ter­est in and love of na­ture.

The Na­ture Note­books are a three­vol­ume scrap­book of Ed­ward’s draw­ings and paint­ings, on loan to The Wilson Art Gallery & Mu­seum from the Wilson fam­ily.

In the Open Ar­chive, it is pos­si­ble to view a se­lec­tion of items from these note­books which demon­strate his at­ten­tion to de­tail and sci­en­tific an­no­ta­tion and ob­ser­va­tion, as well as his un­ques­tion­able artis­tic tal­ent.

In ac­knowl­edg­ment of Ed­ward Wilson’s birth­day, we de­cided to cel­e­brate his achieve­ments with cake in the cafe, a Na­ture Note­books talk in the Open Ar­chive; and, fam­ily art and na­ture work­shops in­spir­ing en­tries to our sum­mer-long Na­ture Note­book Sum­mer Hol­i­day Chal­lenge.

The work­shops were a hive of ac­tiv­ity and saw fam­i­lies de­vel­op­ing new artis­tic skills and in­ves­ti­gat­ing na­ture to­gether, com­plete with mag­ni­fy­ing glasses.

They also cre­ated the be­gin­nings of their own Na­ture Note­book to take away and add to over the hol­i­days, be­fore re­turn­ing them to The Wilson to be dis­played and en­tered into our com­pe­ti­tion at the end of the month.

The Na­ture Note­book Com­pe­ti­tion is open to all with cat­e­gories for a va­ri­ety of ages, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies.

En­tries are to be re­turned to The Wilson by Fri­day, Au­gust 23 for short­list­ing and en­try into the pub­lic dis­play from from Au­gust 26-Septem­ber 1 with a pub­lic event cel­e­brat­ing the chal­lenge on Thursday, Au­gust 29 from 6-7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, visit the What’s On page of chel­tenham­mu­seum.org.uk and down­load the Na­ture Note­book Chal­lenge in­for­ma­tion leaflet.

Dur­ing the hol­i­days, weekly Wednesday Hol­i­day Craft fam­ily work­shops con­tinue through­out Au­gust, booking for which is rec­om­mended.

Also on Tues­days in Au­gust, The Wilson is of­fer­ing a se­ries of work­shops aimed at 12-16 year olds, ex­plor­ing a va­ri­ety of themes – cre­ative writ­ing, fe­male men­tal health and run­ning your own busi­ness.

To find out more or to book, visit chel­tenham­town­hall.org.uk or call 01242 387488.

For any queries re­gard­ing the Na­ture Note­books Chal­lenge or any work­shops, you can also email learn­[email protected]­tenhamtrus­t.org.uk.

The Wilson Na­ture Note­books

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