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

Upcoming events

Christmas Service with local handbell ringing

Wed 11 Dec 2019
11:00-12:00
Join us for our Christmas Service with festive tunes and carols by our local handbell ringers.

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Fri 13 Dec 2019
10:00-12:00
Create your own Christmas wreath using different varieties of greenery and decorations.
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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