Sandham Memorial Chapel

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings

Sandham Memorial Chapel

Things to see and do 

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Download our introductory audio tour 

To enhance your visit, you can now download a 9 minute audio tour about Stanley Spencer's paintings to your smartphone. Out of consideration for other visitors, please bring a pair of headphones with you and start the audio tour just before you enter the chapel.

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What's on

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire in the snow

Christmas at Sandham Memorial Chapel  

The year end beckons but Sandham has plenty of seasonal activities and Christmas shopping opportunities to inspire you.

Upcoming events

In the footsteps of Stanley Spencer; exhibition by Jen Gash - Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018

Thu 17 Oct 2019
11:00-16:00
Jen Gash, Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018, exhibits sketches and paintings showing the Macedonian landscape where Stanley Spencer served.

Stanley Spencer's Salonika

Sat 19 Oct 2019
16:15-17:45
Jen Gash, Sky Landscape of Artist of the Year 2018, talks about her experiences working on the commission to produce a piece of artwork based on the Macedonian landscape, which now hangs in the Imperial War Museum, North.

Chapel Talks

Mon 04 Nov 2019
11:00-13:00
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.

Armistice Day Service

Mon 11 Nov 2019
10:50-11:20
The anniversary of the end of the First World War is marked at Sandham in our special Armistice day service. There is no need to book, but as the chapel is quite small, space is limited.

Festive Papercraft Workshop - 22nd November

Fri 22 Nov 2019
10:45-12:45
Learn about the artistic medium of papercraft and create festive cards and three dimensional projects.
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Groups

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Educational visits 

Sandham is a great place to bring children of all ages to learn about the First World War, Stanley Spencer, art & social history, spirituality and architecture all in a fabulous garden and orchard setting.

A 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

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Our work

Sandham Chapel Doors (March 2019) - close-up

Making an Entrance 

The large oak doors at the front of the chapel bear the brunt of the English weather – come rain or shine. After years of protecting the chapel and paintings, the doors themselves are in need of repair.

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Get involved

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History

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