Maidenhead Heritage Centre


Date of lecture: Thursday 28th October 8pm
Venue: King George VI Club, York Road, Maidenhead

Tickets for the lecture are selling fast and are available only from Maidenhead Heritage Centre on 01628 780555 (price £5 inc. complimentary glass of wine). Advance booking is recommended.

Further information: Richard Poad 01628 780555


As the Season of Remembrance approaches, Maidenhead Heritage Centre has arranged a special lecture on 28th October about Cookham’s most famous son and his experiences in the First World War.

Stanley Spencer served as a medical orderly at Beaufort Hospital near Bristol in 1915-16 and as a private with the Royal Berkshire Regiment in Macedonia in the Balkans from 1916-18. This service opened his eyes brutally to the world beyond what he described as his ‘village in heaven’ and had a profound effect on his life and his art for the next twenty years. His experiences provided the inspiration for his famous wall paintings in the Sandham memorial chapel at Burghclere, completed in 1933. These have been described as ‘one of the chief monuments of English painting in our generation’.

In his illustrated lecture, Spencer expert Timothy Hyman will discuss the artist’s wartime experiences in depth and show he continued to draw on them for a period of 20 years. Timothy Hyman was curator for the major Tate exhibition of Stanley Spencer. He is himself a painter and, like Spencer, trained at the Slade School of Fine Art. He lectures and publishes regularly.

This lecture is a special fund-raising event held in association with the Heritage Centre’s World War I exhibition ‘Lest We Forget 1914-1918’, which will open on 26th October.

90 Moorbridge Road, Maidenhead SL6 8BW

Tel/Fax 01628 780555


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