Stanley Spencer Gallery

Stanley Spencer Gallery
High Street




01628 471885


01628 520537

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Following a Heritage Lottery Fund award of £800,000 the Gallery has now re-opened (on September 29, 2007) after being closed for one year.

The Stanley Spencer Gallery, opened in 1962, is unique as the only gallery in Britain devoted exclusively to an artist in the village where he was born and spent most of his working life.

To Spencer, Cookham was the scene of heavenly visitations and its influence can be seen when touring the village. Set in the heart of the village he immortalised, the gallery occupies the former Victorian Methodist Chapel where Spencer was taken as a child to worship.

Not far from 'Fernlea', the cottage where Spencer was born and lived in Cookham High Street, the gallery was opened in 1962 as a memorial through the effort of the people of Cookham and support from far beyond. It can be found at the end of the High Street (opposite the Bel and Dragon pub).

The gallery is self-supporting and exhibits are changed during the year. It contains a permanent collection of his work, together with letters, documents, memorabilia, and the pram in which Spencer wheeled his equipment when painting landscapes. It also displays important works on long-term loan, and mounts a winter and summer exhibition each year. Over a thousand works have been shown since the gallery opened.

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Fine Art

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Unveiling Cookham War Memorial

Paradise Regained; Stanley Spencer in the Aftermath of the First World War

  • 2 April — 2 November 2014 *on now

The First World War was to have a profound effect upon the artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959). Looking back upon his years in uniform he bemoaned ‘Oh no, it is not proper or sensible to expect to paint well after such experiences’.

Prior to the First World War Spencer had painted some of his most spiritual and lauded works of art set within Cookham, the village of his birth, and it was with great reluctance that he left for war in 1915 initially joining the Royal Army Medical Corps and eventually serving in the front line in Macedonia. On his return he soon forsook an official war work commission amidst fears that he had lost his artistic vision.


ADULTS £5.00
CONCESSIONS £4.00 (Seniors, Students), The Art Fund – Free
CHILDREN Free (under 16)