Educational visits

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A school trip to Sandham will, without doubt, leave a lasting impression on any pupil and the staff accompanying them. Sandham is a First World War memorial, containing nineteen stunning paintings by Sir Stanley Spencer representing his experiences as a medical orderly both in Bristol and in Salonika and which he called his "Holy Box". The paintings, unlike other First World War art works do not depict the horror of war, but the everyday activities which Spencer found so comforting.

The importance of Sandham Memorial Chapel as a First World War memorial cannot be overstated. It is the only property marking the often forgotten Salonika campaign and arguably the most important complete series of work by Stanley Sepncer providing a diverse educational offer to all ages and needs.

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of led sessions at Sandham utilising the iconic paintings in the chapel, exhibition area with explanatory panels, short film, facsimile letters, drawings & plans and handling materials.

Mug & Dixie from our handling kit
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Mug & Dixie from our handling kit

Our aim is to encourage pupils to look carefully at and think about the paintings and to gain an understanding of what they represent through a variety of activities.  They will be encouraged to discuss ideas with their peers and ask and answer questions using a number of activities.  

For those who would like to plan their own program we have created with the assistance of Winchester University a blog with ideas for activities before, during and after a visit.

If you would like more information about educational visits then please click Sandham Memorial Chapel primary school booking information & form (PDF / 1MB) download for our Primary School pack or Sandham Memorial Chapel education booking information & form (PDF / 0.5MB) download for our Education pack for older pupils.