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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. 

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: £6, adults.  £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.

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 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • CharlesGraham79
    Cobham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    enjoyable but room for improvement
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 26th October 2017
    I saw this place a few years ago in Cookham and always wanted to see, so it was nice to do this now, its a small gallery just one largish room with an upper level cost at present 6 pounds to get in... Read full review
  • Janet T
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Small but perfectly formed
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 9th October 2017
    A little on the small side to exhibit adequately but the exhibition we saw was interesting. Helpful staff. Easy to find and in centre of village. Read full review
  • SimoneP
    Hamphire, England
    Trip Type:
    Very small but very good gallery
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th September 2017
    The gallery and exhibition space is small, and so there aren't a huge number of paintings on display - I would guess about 20. However, the staff are very knowledgeable and there are a couple of... Read full review

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