Sandham Memorial Chapel

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings

Sandham Memorial Chapel

Things to see and do 

Marking the end of the First World War .....

... through art & poetry

.... through a new exhibtion
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Away from the Western Front - Salonika & Sandham 

Stanley Spencer and Harry Sandham both served in Salonika, one of many often overshadowed campaigns by the main theatre of war on the Western front. "Away from the Western Front" was set up to focus on the men and women who served in these campaigns and to bring their stories to a wider audience. Sandham's part in this project sees a new exhibition representing the responses to the Salonika story by a group of homeless veterans and a new film providing historical detail to the campaign. mark Armed Forces Day work by Royal Army Medical Corps veterans
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In Arduis Fidelis (Faithful in Adversity) 

An exhibition of artwork by Royal Army Medical Corps veterans, supported by veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2018. Wed 27 Jun-Sun 8 July, 11am-4pm (Wed-Sun only)

It's all in the paintings ....
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Drama: Stanley at the Beaufort War Hospital 

" It's all in the paintings" a play about the daily life of the Beaufort hospital through the eyes of the artist Stanley Spencer who served there as a medical orderly, the staff and patients described through our paintings. Friday 15 & Saturday 16 June 6.15 - 7.30pm. £15. Booking required.

Other things to see and do in May

More things to do

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What's on

Upcoming events

Open Studios@Sandham

Sat 26 May 2018
Come and see 10 different local artists' work all part of West Berkshire Open Studios in this very special setting. Talk to the artists about their creations, see what has inspired them and perhaps buy something special too.

First World War poetry readings

Sun 03 Jun 2018
Come and listen to Jonathan Jones reading iconic First World War poetry throughout the day in the setting of this inspiring chapel created by Stanley Spencer.

Chapel Talks

Mon 04 Jun 2018
Listen to the story behind one of the most important 20th century artists - Sir Stanley Spencer and how his dream of a "Holy Box" came to fruition.

Soldier - Exhibtion

Fri 08 Jun 2018
A century after the end of the First World War the artist Robert Fitzmaurice will present a solo exhibition of paintings, prints and mixed media that considers the nature of the soldier from ancient times to the present day.

Drama: Stanley at the Beaufort War Hospital

Fri 15 Jun 2018
" It's all in the paintings" a play about the daily life of the Beaufort hospital through the eyes of the artist Stanley Spencer who served there as a medical orderly, the staff and patients described through our paintings.

Soldier & Poetry

Sat 16 Jun 2018
In conjunction with the Soldier exhibition an afternoon of poetry and discussion with Adrian Blamires and Robert Fitzmaurice.
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Sandham First World War group visit

Group visits to Sandham Memorial Chapel 

Sandham is a fabulous place to bring a group whether it is a dedicated art, history, religious group or just like minded people, we can offer something very special.

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Eating and shopping

Sandham Memorial chapel shop handmade ceramics

Eating and shopping at Sandham Memorial Chapel 

Browse our selection of books, locally handmade ceramics, plants and garden sculptures and take away a reminder of your special day with us.

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Our work

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Marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War 

As one of only a few National Trust properties dedicated to the First World War the 100th anniversary provided a perfect opportunity to provide for our future.

What did we do?

What else did we do?

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Get involved

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Stanley Spencer memorial headstone, Cookham, Berkshire

Listen to the BBC World Service Witness programme on Stanley Spencer 

In 1926 Stanley Spencer, one of the most admired British painters of the twentieth century, began work on an ambitious project in the village of Burghclere near London. He'd been commissioned to fill a new chapel with images of his experiences in the First World War, at home and abroad. Vincent Dowd from the BBC speaks to Spencer's daughters, Shirin and Unity Spencer, about their father and his work. With kind permission of the BBC.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Sandham Memorial Chapel on the National Trust Collections website