SPENCER AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR
of lecture: Thursday 28th October 8pm
Venue: King George VI Club, York Road, Maidenhead
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.
Richard Poad 01628 780555
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
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.
Moorbridge Road, Maidenhead SL6 8BW