Sandham Memorial Chapel

Important notice -

The orchard and garden at Sandham are open Thursdays-Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. You will need to book in advance; entry is free. You may be turned away if you arrive without a booking. Please follow government guidance on travel.

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings

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Sandham Memorial Chapel

What's on

Please book ahead before visiting

You will need to book your admission in advance of your arrival to visit the small garden at Sandham Memorial Chapel. Admission is free. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday and you'll need to book by 3pm on the day before your visit. Please note that we'll be turning away people who haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Upcoming events

Timed car parking at Sandham Memorial Chapel (15 Apr - 18 Apr)

Sun 18 Apr 2021
11:00-14:30
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Timed car parking at Sandham Memorial Chapel (22 Apr - 25 Apr)

Thu 22 Apr 2021
11:00-14:30
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Sandham Memorial Chapel

Things to see and do 

Video

Unlocking the secrets of Sandham Memorial Chapel

Take a glimpse inside the chapel in this short film made in 2014 as part of our programme of work to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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History

Sandham Memorial Chapel - September 2019

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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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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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