Our work

In the limelight for the Centenary years

Sandham Memorial Chapel in the summer © National Trust

Sandham Memorial Chapel in the summer

Sandham Memorial Chapel is our only property dedicated to the First World War and the only property marking the Macedonian campaign. So it is very appropriate that it will be the focus of our commemorations in the south east marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
 

In the limelight for the Centenary years

Sandham Memorial Chapel in the summer © National Trust

Sandham Memorial Chapel in the summer

With this important anniversary in mind, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide for the chapel’s future out of which came the  'Sandham 2014 Project'. Much work was completed last year and this year sees the project continue enhancing the visitor experience.

 

In the limelight for the Centenary years

Sandham Memorial Chapel in the summer © National Trust

Sandham Memorial Chapel in the summer

The objective of the project is to ensure that Sandham is here for future generations through conservation work, enhancing the experience of our visitors and engaging with our local community.

Conservation work

The chapel needed repairs, including major works to the windows in the chapel which were no longer watertight and other works to ensure the protection of both the Grade 1 listed building and its contents.

Enhancing your visit

Enjoy a picnic when you visit

Enjoy a picnic when you visit

We want to enhance your visit to the chapel by providing:

  • Improved accessibility to the site, both when you visit and remotely for those who can’t visit in person
  • Parking facilities
  • Toilet
  • Interpretation material to help visitors like you better understand and appreciate the story behind this special place, its context in the First World War and 20th century art, and the spirituality of this working chapel
  • Displays of our archives about the chapel

Local community

One of the groups we are working with © Help for Heroes

One of the groups we are working with

We have worked with local charities and organisations in planning our new reflective garden. These included Tedworth House, which is one of the Recovery Centres that forms part of the Defence Recovery Capability. Delivered in partnership with Help for Heroes, Tedworth House aims to inspire the wounded, injured and sick personnel and returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives, which will enable them to reach their full potential and to support them and their families for life.

These groups played an instrumental part in the planning, creation and use of the space both for their own needs but also  created space which our visitors can enjoy, perhaps by reflecting on their experience of the chapel.

These charities have also played an important part in discussions about accessibility and will continue to contribute to the improved experience we wish to achieve.

Education

School students get creative © NT/Tyntesfield

School students get creative

Aiming to create a legacy for Sandham means we need to look to the next generation and we aim to achieve this by working with schools, colleges and higher education groups.

We already have many education groups visit us but we want to fully use this special place to bring to life history, art, spirituality, architecture and the environment.

In the case of older students we want to encourage their involvement with us perhaps as a volunteer or intern or using us as the subject of their studies.

The arts

Listen to First World War poetry with Jonathan Jones at Sandham © National Trust/Amanda Findlay

Listen to First World War poetry with Jonathan Jones at Sandham

Sandham has hosted many art events including theatre, music and poetry. Our community engagement work extended this and we  worked with the Corn Exchange in Newbury which has many links, including with local schools and the arts.

Community engagement

Sandham Memorial Chapel houses large-scale paintings by Stanley Spencer

An important part of the 2014 project is to increase the number of people and groups who have a special connection to the chapel.

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