Stanley Spencer Gallery

Last month we went to see the Stanley Spencer Gallery, in Cookham, Berkshire, after its £800,000 Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment. The gallery is a former Methodist Chapel used by Spencer when he was a child and opened in 1962 as a memorial to the artist (1891-1959). Having been to the chapel prior to the refurbishment, I must say that it’s much improved, feeling more spacious and brighter. The huge unfinished painting of Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta (1959) can be viewed far better from the mezzanine floor. Spencer’s old pram, used to carry his painting equipment around the village of Cookham is preserved in the gallery. Cookham is a lovely little village, but now has its traffic and parking problems.

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