A History of Winston Churchill in 50 Objects

Churchill arriving in Geneva, 1946

This exhibition focuses on the extraordinary life of Sir Winston Churchill, telling the stories of his many achievements; giving unique insight into the world of one of Britain’s greatest leaders. This display presents the opportunity to understand the complex man behind the famous leader.

A History of Winston Churchill in 50 Objects’ contains a fascinating collection of Churchill’s own possessions accumulated by him over the course of his lifetime; from personal mementos to gifts he received from friends, family and political contacts from around the world. These objects have been carefully selected to give insight into a man who achieved so much in his life-time.

As well as gathering objects from Churchill’s past, we teamed up with audience intelligence company, Pulsar, to investigate current online activity relating to Winston Churchill. Pulsar conducted a study to measure all public social media discussion in the UK regarding Churchill. The interesting results of this study, showing just how relevant Churchill was and continues to be, are displayed at this new exhibition.

A Man of Many Talents

Churchill had a unique way of inspiring people through his use of language. He published over 40 books containing more than 6 million words. With a further 5 million being delivered in his speeches, he has become one of the most quoted individuals in English history.

" Words are the only things that last forever"
- Winston Churchill

From capturing an audience’s attention with his words, to capturing his surroundings and translating it onto a canvas, painting was another talent of Winston’s.

After discovering his passion for painting at the age of 40, he created over 500 canvases, as his canvas and easel often travelled with him around the world.

Painting was more than just a hobby for Winston; it became a source of great pleasure.

A Demanding Career

An army officer, journalist, statesman and politician, with a parliamentary career spanning over six decades, Winston Churchill managed to pack a lot into his working life.

Contesting twenty-one elections, winning sixteen, by the end of his career Churchill was the longest-serving MP of the twentieth century.

" I am too busy. I have not time for worry"
- Winston Churchill

Family Man

Clementine Hozier was the love of Winston’s life. Together they had five children; Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold and Mary, though sadly Marigold died just a few months before her third birthday in 1921.

Winston was at his happiest when at his country house here at Chartwell, surrounded by everything he adored; his beloved family and animals.

Opening Times

A History of Winston Churchill in 50 Objects is open daily, 11am-3pm.

Admission and Accessibility

National Trust members receive free entry to all areas of the property.

Adult entry of £15.50  will give full access to the house, gardens, studio and exhibition.

We regret the exhibition is not accessible by wheelchair.

Assistant dogs only in the exhibition please. Dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens and wider estate.

A close up of the signatures in the Chartwell Visitors Book, with the entry for Charlie Chaplin visible on the digital version in the background

Digitised Chartwell Visitors Book

The Chartwell Visitors Book is one of the most unique items in our collection. With thanks to new technology, Churchill's Chartwell Appeal and our dedicated volunteers, we are improving access to this true slice of history as never before.