The gallery is devoted to the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer.

Opened in 1962, three years after Spencer's death, the gallery stands as a lasting memorial to the man who became synonymous with the village of Cookham.

Spencer was born in 1891 in the family home on Cookham High Street and he lived and worked in the village for much of his life. He referred to Cookham as 'a village in heaven' and in his paintings he would often depict Biblical scenes as if occurring there with fellow villagers as Gospel characters.

Permanent collection

The gallery holds the largest collection of Spencer's works anywhere in the world. It contains examples of his religious paintings and his portraits, along with drawings, letters and other personal items.

Two exhibitions are mounted annually, augmented with loans from other galleries and private owners.

Stanley Spencer Gallery

High Street, Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ

01628 471885


Opening times

2 Apr – 4 Nov
Mon – Sun, 10.30am – 5.30pm

4 Nov – 1 Apr
Thu – Sun, 11am – 4.30pm
Closed 25 Dec

Free entry with National Art Pass

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