Keep Churchill at Chartwell appeal

It’s 50 years since Churchill’s home, Chartwell, opened to the public. Please support this anniversary appeal and help us keep an irreplaceable collection at Chartwell where it belongs - forever

The south front of Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill between 1922 and 1964, Kent
A crisp spring view of Chartwell house

Heritage Lottery Fund award boosts Chartwell appeal 

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant towards our appeal to reinvigorate Winston Churchill’s legacy and acquire many of his personal objects at his family home.

How the appeal adds up

  • Chartwell has been open to the public for 50 years
  • Keeping Churchill at Chartwell will cost £7.1 million
  • More than 200k people visited Chartwell in 2016
Churchill's hairbrush at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The top 10 appeal objects

With our appeal so far we have acquired over 1,000 individual items that belonged to Sir Winston Churchill at Chartwelll. We still need your support though to secure the final objects in our appeal, including Churchill's Nobel Prize for Literature.

Lady Churchill's Aid to Russia medallion on display at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Lady Churchill's Aid to Russia medallion

Not every item in our appeal was once Winston's. This medallion was a gift to his beloved wife, Lady Churchill, in recognition of her successful fundraising efforts during the Second World War.

" You may be sure that Clemmie and I will do our utmost to invest the house and gardens with every characteristic and trophy that will make it of interest in the future."
- Sir Winston Churchill writing to Lord Camrose from Chartwell, 1945
Embroided chair belonging to Churchill at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Churchill's life in objects

Learn how the items we hope to acquire with our appeal tell the life story of Churchill, and why it is vital we keep them at Chartwell for ever.

Keep Churchill at Chartwell appeal

Please select an amount

Katherine, the Chartwell collections manager, examining some of the items in the Keep Churchill at Chartwell appeal
£10 would help towards securing Churchill's medal collection at Chartwell
£25 would help us purchase items currently on loan from the Churchill family
Winston Churchill's speech box on display at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
Churchill's bedroom
£50 could help open Churchill's bedroom to the public
Or enter your own amount
Please enter an amount that is £ or more

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the irreplaceable treasures in our care. Memberships help to pay for some of the work we do. But they only go so far. Additional donations are crucial to maintaining our collections, from stunning works of silverware to personal keepsakes that bring the past to life. With your support, we can continue to conserve, protect and provide access to these fascinating pieces of history. For ever, for everyone.

Donate now to the Chartwell appeal