Visit to Sandham Memorial Chapel 

Date/Time
Date(s) - 15/10/2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location
Sandham Memorial Chapel

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Visit to Sandham Memorial Chapel 

Following our Spring 2019 talk by Gill Clark and our proposed visit to the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham, it seemed appropriate, if not essential, to visit Spencer’s Sandham Memorial at Burghclere. The Chapel, now Grade II listed, was designed by Lionel Pearson in the 1920s and built to accommodate a series of paintings by Stanley Spencer commissioned by Mary and Louis Behrend as a memorial to Willoughby Sandham, Mary’s brother, who died at the end of World War I. 

The seventeen mural-style paintings were inspired by Spencer’s experiences during WWI in which he served as an orderly with the Royal Army Medical Corps, firstly at Beaufort War Hospital in Bristol, then in Macedonia;  subsequently he was transferred to the Infantry. Spencer referred to the Chapel as his ‘Holy Box’. The chapel is surrounded by lawns and orchards. Our visit will commence with an introductory talk exploring the paintings, to be followed by a self-led walk around Burghclere village to see where Spencer lived whilst working on the Chapel paintings and also the parish church with its Whistler window.

Cost: £10, with an additional cost of £8 to non-National Trust members. Please note that the visit is limited to 25 places.

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