Education group visits

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Sandham Memorial Chapel is a great place to bring students of all ages to learn about the First World War, Stanley Spencer, art and social history, spirituality and architecture - all in a fabulous garden and orchard setting.

Bring your school group to Sandham for a half-day of activities that support the National Curriculum; growing the art lovers and artists of the future by inspiring your students and providing them with an excellent opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

An education group visit to Sandham will, without doubt, leave a lasting impression on students and staff alike.  The iconic paintings of Sir Stanley Spencer represent his experiences as a medical orderly and soldier in the First World War, both in Bristol and on the front in Salonika.  The paintings, housed in the chapel, provide an inspirational starting point for work across a range of curriculum areas.

Planning your visit

Through a series of activities led by staff at Sandham, students are encouraged to look carefully at the paintings to gain an understanding of what they represent.

Exhibition area

Where are we? - a short quiz for children to complete using material displayed in the exhibition area.

Handling kit - based on the 'call my bluff' model, students explore World War I handling items depicted in the paintings and decide which of the three definitions is correct.

Numbers, numbers - quick-fire World War I number flashcards - what do they represent?


Pairs of children explore one of the chapel paintings in depth, answering a series of questions that encourages them to look carefully at the painting and work out what might be happening.  They then think of their own question to 'ask the expert'.

The chapel also lends itself to sketching, but please note that for conservation reasons, only pencils (excluding coloured pencils) are allowed in the chapel.

If your group would prefer a visit more closely tailored to specific themes or topics, we would be pleased to discuss this with you and readily welcome the opportunity to work with teachers/lecturers to devise a more bespoke visit.

Mug & Dixie from our handling kit
Sandham handling kit mug dixie
Mug & Dixie from our handling kit

Useful information


Entry to the chapel is free to National Trust Education Group members.  Education Group membership allows free entry for education groups to National Trust places across the country, with membership prices linked to the number of students on roll.  You can join when you visit us - for further information, please call us on 01635 278394 or email

Entry without Education Group membership is £4 per student for under-18s and £8 per student for over-18s.  Admission is free for accompanying staff and National Trust members.


The chapel is available for pre-booked visits on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the year.  A typical visit lasts half a day and can be arranged anytime between 9.30am and 4.30pm.


We can accommodate a maximum of 30 students per group.

Other information

Activities take place inside, led by our team of staff and experienced volunteers.  Lunch can be taken outside in the orchard, weather permitting.  If you have students or staff with mobility issues, please mention this when booking.

How to book

To book or discuss your school visit, please contact us on 01635 278394 or email

If you would like more information about educational visits then please click here Primary (PDF / 0.09765625MB) download for our Primary School pack or here Secondary (PDF / 0.494140625MB) download  for our pack for older pupils.