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Notice: Please note that the Chapel is now closed for restoration works in readiness for our re opening at the end of July 2014.
World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings
This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure – an epic series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer.
Built to honour the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, who were not remembered on any official memorials, the series was inspired by Spencer’s own experiences as a medical orderly and soldier on the Salonika front, and is peppered with personal and unexpected details. The paintings took six years to complete in all, and are considered by many to be the artist’s finest achievement, drawing such praise as 'Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel'.
The chapel still holds services three to four times a year, the most important of these being the annual Remembrance Day event.
Outside the chapel there's a traditional orchard and wildflower meadow with views across to Watership Down; a great setting for a leisurely picnic. Alternatively, the more energetic amongst you might like to follow in Spencer’s footsteps around the village of Burghclere, and take in some of the sights and places where he lived, loved, and was inspired by whilst completing his masterpiece.
The chapel can only accommodate 25 people at a time. It is essential that groups pre-book their visit on 01635 278394. Group visits are normally held on days when the chapel is closed to general visitors.
2014 provides a unique opportunity to create a legacy for Sandham Memorial Chapel.
It is the only National Trust property dedicated to the First World War. We need to undertake important building works and we wish to improve our visitors’ experience and work more closely with the community. Help us mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War by donating to help secure Sandham’s legacy for 2014 and beyond.
From the past to the future. Sandham is a fitting focal point to mark the 2014 anniversary, and so we're working on a new project to help conserve the chapel, working with the local community to preserve this special place for future generations.
Sixteen of our paintings are going on tour for the very first time in the exhibition 'Heaven in a Hell of War'. They will be on display first at Somerset House in London between November and January 2014, and then at Pallant House in Chichester from March to June 2014.