Cookham, Berkshire, and Burghclere, Hampshire 

Tuesday 11 July 2023 8.30 – 17.45 

Sir Stanley Spencer is well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes set in Cookham [see p1], as well as his large paintings for the Sandham Memorial Chapel. His works often express his fervent if unconventional Christian faith, evident in scenes based in Cookham, some originally provoking shock and controversy. The Stanley Spencer Gallery is uniquely connected to the artist’s spiritual home and lifelong source of artistic inspiration. This summer the gallery is showing, alongside works by Spencer, some of the most important names from the Modern British art scene including CRW Nevison, Gilbert Spencer and William Nicholson. 

The Sandham Memorial Chapel was built to accommodate the extraordinary series of 17 paintings by Spencer depicting everyday happenings of war, inspired by his own experiences during WWI, and influenced by Giotto’s Arena Chapel murals in Padua. To learn more: Sandham Memorial Chapel: Stanley Spencer’s visions of war | Art UK 


8.30 Depart Johnsons, Henley-in-Arden (free parking)

10.00 Coffee in Cookham

10.30 Visit to Stanley Spencer Museum

11.30 Walk to the river, taking in places with links to the artist

12.30 Sandwich lunch

13.30 Depart Cookham

14.45 Chapel tour, video, museum

16.00 Depart Sandham

17.45 Arrive at Johnsons. 

Price per ticket including refreshments and lunch: £65  

Booking closes on 26 June 

To access the Booking Form click HERE

For Articles on Stanley Spencer click HERE