Sandham Memorial Chapel

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings

Sandham Memorial Chapel

Things to see and do 

Events for Autumn..

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What's on

Upcoming events

Lest We Forget - First World war poetry talk

Tue 26 Sep 2017
The voices of Owen, Sassoon, McCrae and Brooke, amidst the unique setting and atmosphere of Spencer's iconic paintings, echo down to us across the century, as a timely and poignant reminder of the hardships endured, and the sacrifices made.

Chapel Talks

Mon 02 Oct 2017
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. Booking available soon.

"From Spencer to Abstraction" - silk painting workshop

Fri 06 Oct 2017
Create your own silk painting inspired by the iconic canvasses by Stanley Spencer.

Communion Service

Tue 10 Oct 2017
Join us for our Communion Service

First World War poetry readings

Sat 14 Oct 2017
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.

Papercraft Workshop

Fri 10 Nov 2017
Learn about the artistic medium of paper craft and create beautiful cards and three dimensional projects.
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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

Sandham early chapel image

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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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