Sandham Memorial Chapel

Important notice -

We're working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However Sandham Memorial Chapel is currently closed.

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings

Sandham Memorial Chapel

Things to see and do 

Sandham podcast image with headphones

Download our introductory audio tour 

To enhance your visit, you can now download a 9 minute podcast about the chapel and 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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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 were in need of repair.

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A view of Sandham Memorial Chapel on a sunny spring day with a clear blue sky

A brief history of Sandham Memorial Chapel 

The history of Sandham Memorial Chapel is as much a story of Stanley Spencer as it is a story of the building and its paintings.

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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Join or give

Visitors viewing the pictures at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Dedicate a donation 

You can continue to support Sandham Memorial Chapel by dedicating a donation to someone special and adding your precious memories to our interactive map. A perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, your donation will help us continue to care for Sandham.

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Art and collections

Find out more about Stanley's life and work

Our collections

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