We have a selection of books for sale covering the life and work of Stanley Spencer and other relevant topics. We also have a large selection of pre-loved books for sale.
Dogs are welcome to enjoy the gardens. Only assistance dogs are permitted inside the Chapel and side buildings.
A small car park is available for visitors. It is situated on the opposite side of the lane to the Chapel. It opens 15 minutes before and closes 15 minutes after Chapel opening hours.
There is an accessible toilet available for all visitors.
Accessible parking at the rear of the garden. Level access to the exhibition cottage and fully-accessible visitor toilet. Dogs on leads in orchard and garden. Only assistance dogs inside the exhibition and chapel.
Accessible route and/or map
A step free route is available throughout the Chapel and almshouses.
Large print (guide or menu)
A large print guide is available. Please ask the Chapel Steward if you would like to use it.
An accessible toilet is available for all visitors.
Level access is available throughout the site. A ramp (max 300Kg) can be placed to allow access to the Chapel.
Braille (guide or menu)
A braille guide is available at the Chapel. Please ask the steward if you would like to use it.
A ramp (max 300Kg) is available to allow access to the Chapel.
Accessible parking is available for visitors at the rear of the Chapel. Please contact us in advance if you would like to use it. telephone 01635 278 394 email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are chairs and stools available throughout the exhibition and Chapel rooms.
An induction loop system is available, please ask at Visitor Reception if you would like to use it.
A manual wheelchair is available, please either ask at Visitor Reception or contact us in advance if you would like to use it. telephone 01635 278 394 email@example.com
Sandham Memorial Chapel is ½ mile east of the A34 Tot Hill junction and is clearly signposted from both carriageways. On entering Burghclere, the car park is on the right just after The Carpenters Arms pub. If travelling from Basingstoke, take the A339 towards Newbury and follow the National Trust signs when you reach Greenham.
Parking: The car park is directly opposite the chapel; gates are locked at 3.15pm (15 minutes after closing).
Sat Nav: For Satnav use postcode RG20 9JT.
Newbury Railway Station is on the Penzance to Paddington line and is approximately four miles from the village of Burghclere. Basingstoke Railway Station is on the lines from Waterloo to Bournemouth and Exeter St Davids. It is approximately 17 miles from Burghclere.
There are some bus services to Sandham Memorial Chapel but they are quite irregular. For more information about bus services, please visit www.traveline.info
We're easily accessible by bike and conveniently situated on the picturesque Burghclere/Burbage/Whitchurch cycle route
Bring your adult or school group to Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere in Hampshire and learn more about the First World War, Stanley Spencer, art and social history.
Visiting Sandham Memorial Chapel with your dog
Dogs are welcome on a short lead throughout the gardens and orchard at Sandham Memorial Chapel. Only assistance dogs are able to enter the Chapel and exhibition. Sandham has a one pawprint rating as we offer canine visitors a water bowl and lots of interesting wildlife smells in the garden.
If you’re bringing your dog to the places we care for, here’s information on the Canine Code and pawprint rating system to plan your visit.
This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire contains Stanley Spencer's visionary paintings.
The orchard and meadow were planted in the 1920s when the chapel was built. The Garden of Reflection was created in 2014 to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Discover a showcase for artist Stanley Spencer’s depiction of everyday life in the First World War.
Explore the garden wrapping around the chapel, including an orchard, meadow and Garden of Reflection. Sit in this tranquil space to pause and consider the striking paintings.
A circular walk around the village of Burghclere to explore where artist Stanley Spencer lived, loved, and was inspired to create thought-provoking art.
The small shop has a selection of gifts and books. Picnic spots provide ideal places to bring your own refreshments and enjoy the surrounding garden.
27 July - 12 November, open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and August Bank Holiday Monday 11am until 3pm. See beautiful illustrations commissioned by author Richard Adams to accompany the 40th anniversary edition of his famous novel Watership Down. Paintings by the Hampshire-based artist Aldo Galli show the local landscape - including the Down - together with wildlife and flowers as described in the much-loved children's tale. With Sandham Memorial Chapel on the edge of Watership Down, this is a marvellous opportunity to compare life and art. Entry to the display is included in the admission price to Sandham Memorial Chapel. Image: The Whole World (c) Aldo Galli
This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure; an epic series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Stanley Spencer.
Built to honour the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, who were not remembered on any official memorials, the series was inspired by Spencer’s own experiences as a medical orderly at the Beaufort Hospital in Bristol and both orderly and soldier on the Salonika front. It is peppered with personal and unexpected details and uniquely shows the everyday activities rather than the horrors of war. Inspired by Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua and made possible through the generous patronage of Louis and Mary Behrend, Spencer referred to Sandham Memorial Chapel as his "Holy Box". The 19 oil paintings covering three walls of the chapel took six years to complete and are considered by many to be the artist’s finest achievement.
The chapel holds services throughout the year, the most important of these being the annual Armistice event. There are also regular talks in the Chapel about its creation and the paintings themselves, as well as a lively programme of workshops and events.
There is an exhibtion area in one of the original almshouses which are decorated in period colours and style. You'll find information panels, a short film, copies of archival material, a handling kit, and panels contexualising the chapel.
Outside the front of the chapel you have views across to Watership Down which glows in the late evening sun, the original orchard with old apple varieties and a beautiful wildflower meadow.
At the rear of the chapel the garden which was professionally designed, but inspired and created by volunteers, provides a place to reflect.
Additionally, you might like to follow a walk around the village "In Spencer's Footsteps" and take in some of the sights and places where he lived.
Discover all about this unique chapel and how 20th century artist Stanley Spencer came to create such an impactful memorial to everyday life in the First World War.
Discover the conservation work we have done at Sandham Memorial Chapel to make it such a great place to learn about Stanley Spencer and the First World War.
Discover how you can join our friendly team of volunteers at Sandham Memorial Chapel in Hampshire and help us care for this special place and welcome visitors.