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World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings

Entry is by pre-booked timed tickets only - please click here to book tickets or call 0844 2491895 to book by phone.

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 holds services throughout the year, the most important of these being the annual Remembrance Day event.

There is a new exhibtion space about the Chapel, its creation, the paintings and the people who brought it into being in one of the Chapel's adjoining almshouses.

Outside the front of the chapel there's a traditional orchard and wildflower meadow with views across to Watership Down and a new garden of reflection at the rear of the Chapel. Either make 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

Entry is by pre-booked ticket only; click here to book tickets. The chapel can only accommodate 25 people at a time. It is essential that groups pre-book their visit by calling 01635 278394. Group visits are normally held on days when the chapel is closed to general visitors.

Download our intro podcast

Kit Inspection - detail

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

The garden of reflection features cottage-style planting.

Our volunteers have created a garden of reflection at Sandham Memorial Chapel to commemorate the centenary 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

Would you like to be a welcoming face at Sandham?

If yes, then why not come and join our existing passionate team of volunteers in our visitor reception area.   If you would like to know more about volunteering here at Sandham then please download our pack for details of the role and a registration form. We would love to welcome you aboard.

Poetry readings

Listen to First World War poetry with Jonathan Jones at Sandham

Come and listen to the evocative voice of Jonathan Jones reading First World War poetry each month. 

Normal pre- booking for the chapel required.

  • Saturday 5 September
  • Saturday 17 October
  • Saturday 7th November
  • Sunday 6th December

In the limelight for the centenary years

Harry Sandham in First World War uniform

Harry Sandham in First World War uniform

From the past to the future. Sandham is a fitting focal point to mark the First World War centenary years, and so we have been working on a 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

The Heritage Lottery Fund  has provided a unique opportunity to create a legacy for Sandham Memorial Chapel. HLF has supported us in undertaking restoration and improving our visitors’ experience.

 Donate to the Sandham Memorial Chapel fund.