Sandham Memorial Chapel

World famous chapel containing Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings

Sandham Memorial Chapel

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Upcoming events

Front Lines: A 21st Century response to Stanley Spencer's First World War paintings

Sat 11 Jun 2022
One artist compares life on the NHS front line with that experienced by Stanley Spencer in the First World War. Normal admission charges apply. Free for National Trust members.

Service at Sandham

Wed 06 Jul 2022
Christian service reflecting themes from Stanley Spencer's paintings. 10:00 - 10:50
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Things to see and do 


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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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