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Stanley Spencer Gallery


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Stanley Spencer Gallery. © The Estate of  Spencer.  All Rights Reserved, 2015 / Bridgeman Art Library


Cookham High Street


Tel: 01628 471885

The Stanley Spencer Gallery is situated in the heart of Cookham, the picturesque ‘village in heaven’ where Spencer was born and painted for most of his life.   Established in 1962 the building was transformed ten years ago into a magnificent modern art museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Spencer paintings, drawings, personal letters, photographs, press cuttings and books.

Visitor attractions: film and audio guide; exhibition catalogue; self-guided walk pamphlet; free children’s activity booklet; gift shop. 

Celebration Exhibition

3 November 2016 – 26 March 2017

Exploring a wide variety of subjects and styles, this latest exhibition celebrates the full breadth of Stanley Spencer’s art from notable landscapes and portraits to religious and imaginary paintings

Bringing together fine examples of Spencer’s prolific output, the works provide a powerful reminder of why the artist should be on the ‘go to’ list not just for Spencer enthusiasts and art lovers but for anyone seeking a good excuse to celebrate: an outing for the family, a fun day out with friends, a wonderfully exuberant exhibition to explore and enjoy.

An Artistic Affair: Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton

30 March 2017 – 1 October 2017

This exhibition offers a new perspective on the affair between Stanley Spencer and Daphne Charlton, based on the curator’s recorded conversations with Daphne, who had a pithy turn of phrase. She stated, for instance, that she had ‘no inhibitions at all’.

In 1939, Stanley Spencer began an affair with the artist Daphne Charlton. It was to last until 1941, although they remained in touch for the rest of his life. Daphne’s husband George had been her tutor at the Slade. Daphne was ebullient, vivid and a larger than life character. She features in a remarkable series of drawings and paintings by Spencer, many of which are in the exhibition.


Entry fees: £5 adults (£6 from 30 March 2017).  £4, seniors and other concessions. Children accompanied by adults FREE.

Opening Times:

Winter November to March: Thurs - Sun Only 11.00am - 4.30pm

Summer From 30 March 2017, Tues - Sun 10.30am - 5.30pm

Normally closed Mondays but open Bank holiday Mondays.

Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.

Group and corporate visits

Group and corporate visits are welcome, with many excellent hostelries nearby. A popular stopping point for coach tours, highly informative and rewarding talks can be arranged and guided walks to the village and countryside where Spencer painted.

Lecture rooms for corporate visits are available by arrangement with the nearby Chartered Institute of Marketing.

For more information on the beautiful village of Cookham and things to do please visit

Opening Times

Open New Year
open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* WINTER November to March: Thurs - Sun Only 11.00am - 4.30pm. SUMMER From 30 March 2017, Tues - Sun 10.30am - 5.30pm & Bank Holidays

  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • Russell G
    London, United Kingdom
    Small but good....
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 12th February 2017
    Easy to find museum, quite small but really good place to visit, best thing to do is to combine the museum with a walk around Cookham and visit the locations that inspired his pictures.... Read full review
  • cavershamcaz
    Reading, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Unadvertised closure
    1 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 21st January 2017
    Having checked the web site for details of opening times, we visited on Thursday 19th January as per the winter opening hours of 11am to 4.30pm Thursday to Sunday. However the gallery was completely... Read full review
  • H1CAJ
    Cookham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Small but incredibly enlightening........
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th November 2016
    Although an acquired taste, Stanley Spencer's paintings within their 'home' surroundings in Cookham are 'special'. Walk around this lovely little gallery (set over 2 floors) and marvel at the... Read full review

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