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Notice: The Chapel is now closed until 28 March 2015. Entry will be by pre booked timed ticket only. Tickets will be available to book in early 2015. Sixteen of our paintings will be at Manchester Art Gallery from November 29th - see details below.

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.

Important information

The chapel is now closed until 28 March 2015. Entry tickets will be available to book in early 2015, please check this website later for more information. The chapel can only accommodate 25 people at a time. It is essential that groups pre-book their visit.  Group visits are normally held on days when the chapel is closed to general visitors.

Kit Inspection - detail © John Hammond

Kit Inspection - detail

Sandham Paintings go to Manchester

If you missed seeing the Stanley Spencer iconic First World War paintings outside their usual home at Sandham,  whilst at Somerset House in 2013 or Pallant House Gallery in 2014, then you will now have that opportunity. Sixteen of the nineteen paintings will be on display at Manchester Art Gallery from Saturday November 29th to Sunday 1st March 2015. This will be the first time that the paintings have been this far north so it is a very exciting occassion.

Download our intro podcast

Tea in the Hospital Ward by Stanley Spencer (1891- 1959)

Many people like to experience the chapel in silence, but if you would like an audio introduction to the paintings, our volunteers, visitors and experts have created one that you can download onto your smartphone or MP3 player. Please remember to bring your headphones with you, and start the podcast just before your enter the chapel, to ensure that other visitors are not disturbed while you enjoy the commentary. This short guide is nine minutes long.

Download the podcast here
 

Sandham's gardens restored

The garden of reflection features cottage-style planting

Our volunteers have created a garden of reflection at Sandham Memorial Chapel to commemorate the centenery of the start of the First World War. Visit the half-acre garden of reflection and you’ll find a green space rooted in rural life with fruit trees, scented cottage garden style planting and a vegetable plot.

Find out more about Sandham's garden

In the limelight for 2014

Harry Sandham in WW1 uniform

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.

Find out more about our work to build a legacy
 

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