The Listening Station


1 September - 16 December 2018


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A visually stunning and powerful installation inspired by World War One stories and memories of conflict opens in the third floor temporary exhibition gallery at The Wilson in September.  The installation is the result of a programme of creative engagement facilitated by the artist Robyn Woolston.  This took place in various community centres in Cheltenham during the past few months.  Robyn took copies of original archive material out-and-about to act as a springboard for discussion and creativity.

Some of this fed into part one of the project, a series of bright red ‘Listening Stations’ in different locations around town, part two delves deeper into the stories and the conversations this material provoked.  Components of the gallery installation include a ‘Shrine to War and Peace’ alongside banners inspired by material from The Wilson Archive and newly discovered stories, and imagery from the workshops. Protest placards proudly display original quotes alongside community interactions.

There’ll also be space for conversations to continue and we’d like you to add your memories and thoughts to the ongoing conversation via sketchbooks and notebooks found within the gallery.
The exhibition opens Saturday 1st September and is on for almost three months.  It is part of the wider town project, Cheltenham Remembers.

Robyn Woolston says:

- 'My journey working within the archive, and out in the community, has spanned an eight month period. During this time I've collected a diverse range of responses that are historically inspired by World War One and yet rooted within present- day experiences surrounding conflict. Workshop participants have engaged with the rich and varied archive at The Wilson in an imaginative and vivid way. The resulting installation embodies their hard work whilst mining the rich visual seam of the collection.' 

- Selected feedback from participants:

‘I liked being creative and other being creative too.’
‘I enjoyed looking back, into history as well as discussing and listening to others’
‘The pictures shared were very impressive’
‘I learnt to concentrate harder on what I’m doing’
‘I learnt about food economy and the risks taken by seamen’
‘I learnt to relax’
‘It has been a great opportunity for me and my community to learn about World War One and Cheltenham’s involvement’
‘I enjoyed discovering the wealth of objects and images held and hidden within the archive!’

Sophia Wilson, Cultural Producer, The Wilson says:

It’s been so rewarding to see how people taking part in Robyn’s workshops in the lead up to the exhibition have responded to the museum archives and I love seeing the collections being given a new lease of life in this imaginative and collaborative way.  I hope it is something we can develop with other areas of our collections in the future.


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Four new floors house extensive galleries for temporary exhibitions – for international / national touring shows, special highlights from our collections and fun shows for families – space to discover local heroes and archive collections, including the great Edward Wilson (one of Scott's key men on his 1912 expedition to Antarctica), and a new gallery space in which the internationally renowned Arts & Crafts collection is shown.

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