Coming soon to Chartwell
In September 2016 our Keep Churchill at Chartwell appeal was launched with the aim of raising £7.1 million to secure many of Churchill's belongings for the nation. In addition to securing objects in the collection, money raised from the appeal will help us open up new rooms for 2020 and to tell some of the important stories of Chartwell in new ways.
Why do we need to fundraise to open these new spaces?
The ‘new’ rooms are all different and require different levels of conservation and redecoration. Part of the fundraising money will help us to conserve, prepare and dress these rooms for public viewing and develop appropriate interpretation for each space.
We want to use new technologies, audio, news footage, and oral recordings of staff as well as Churchill himself to bring new life to the stories and interpretation.
The openings will take time as our team will be working alongside specialists, researching and gathering stories of how these rooms where used by the Churchill family. There is also work to be done on the conservation and decoration of the rooms.
Why have these rooms not been opened to visitors before?
The rooms currently open to the public were chosen in the 1960s by the Churchill family and the National Trust. They reflected the interest of the time, with the focus being on those family rooms used by Sir Winston and Lady Churchill.
Churchill’s bedroom and bathroom were closed off on the wishes of the Churchill family due to the personal nature of the spaces. However, towards the end of her life Lady Soames, Churchill’s youngest daughter who passed away in 2014, felt that times had changed and these spaces could now be enjoyed by visitors.
Today, we and the Churchill family believe that it is important to give a fuller picture of how the Churchills’ children and grandchildren lived at and enjoyed Chartwell. We want to show and explain how Churchill was supported by a team of dedicated staff in his work and home-life. These spaces will enable us to do this.