Our site About The Friends

The Stanley Spencer Gallery is self-supporting and receives no endowment. It is given valuable support by the Friends, an organisation within the Stanley Spencer Memorial Fund, registered charity no 307989.

Application forms to join the Friends are available online (click here for .pdf application form) or from the Gallery. When joining, please consider making your subscription eligible for Gift Aid by completing the declaration on this form.

  • To promote interest both nationally and internationally in the work of Sir Stanley Spencer RA, CBE.
  • To assist in the running and maintenance of the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham so that Spencer’s work can be displayed in the village environment which inspired it
  • To provide financial aid towards that Gallery’s running costs, and to contribute towards the acquisition costs of further works of Stanley Spencer.

Join The Friends

Membership of the Friends brings free admission to the Cookham Gallery during official opening hours; regular newsletters with events at the Gallery and exhibitions of Spencer’s work elsewhere; invitations to private views and other special events at the Gallery. Members are also invited to join organised outings to art exhibitions and places of artistic or architectural interest at group rates.

Two year subscriptions: £15.00 single / £30.00 couple per annum – or five-year subscription £30.00 single / £50.00 couples.

Click here for a copy of the 2018 AGM minutes

2019 Events

Saturday 6 April 2019

Visit to the John Lewis Heritage Centre, Odney Lane, Cookham


The John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre is home to the Partnership’s business archive and the textile archive of Stead McAlpin, a fabric printing factory in Carlisle that was once owned by the Partnership.

The textile viewing gallery contains over 4000 of the archive’s designs in both paper and fabric format, with gems from famous designers such as Lucienne Day, Charles Voysey and William Morris. Opened in October 2013, the Heritage Centre incorporates historic farm buildings that once housed the famous Odney Pottery.

The Friends’ visit will include a presentation on Stead McAlpin, a film on the history of the Partnership and a guided tour of the Centre, after which the group can explore the exhibitions at their own pace.

Further details and a booking form will be included in the winter issue of the Friends newsletter, due out in December.