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The National Trust




Sandham Memorial Chapel was built to house a series of stunning paintings by English artist Stanley. This grade I listed 1920s decorated chapel, designed by Lionel Godfrey Pearson, was commissioned by Mary and Louis Behrend as a memorial to Mary's brother, Lieutenant Henry Willoughby Sandham who died at the end of the first World War.

The National Trust asked Elbow Productions to create a new visitor experience, who commissioned Philip Simpson Design to take care of interpretation and wayfinding. This comprised new orientation signage, a presentation of Stanley Spencer’s biography, and a pre-chapel display setting the experience in its historical context.

The completed schemes enables the National Trust to make the most of this beautiful building and its location, surrounded by lawns and orchards, with views of Watership Down and manage visitor numbers.

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