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.

Queen Elizabeth's Order of Service Coronation book at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Churchill's chosen souvenir from Queen Elizabeth's coronation

One of just 150 copies, this Order of Service comes from Queen Elizabeth's coronation ceremony. With 51 years between Winston and Elizabeth, the prime minister took on a fatherly role to the newly crowned queen.

Churchill's medallion for best shorthorn cow in show, on display at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Medallion for best cow in show

Be honest - did you expect Churchill to own a prize for best dairy shorthorn cow in show? A truly unique medallion in his cabinet at Chartwell; read on to discover more about Churchill's unusual animal collection.

The Malta trophy on display at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Malta trophy

The Malta Trophy that hangs in Churchill's study at Chartwell was a gift from one of the citizens of Malta who believed Churchill to be the saviour of the nation. Uncover the special relationship between the prime minister and this small, but integral island nation.

Churchill's Roosevelt inauguration medallion on display at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Roosevelt's gift to Churchill

On November 7 1944 Roosevelt was elected for an unprecedented fourth term in office. This inauguration medallion, of which only 10 examples were struck in gold, was presented to Churchill in honour of a friendship that was 'forged in the fire of war.'

Inscribed books owned by Churchill on display at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

A collection of treasured titles and untold stories

With 898 titles in some 920 volumes, the inscribed book collection at Chartwell is full of cultural and political history. Some titles are by famous authors whilst others one of a few examples left in the world. Turn the pages and read on to find out more about this collection and why we want to save it for the nation.

Chattel on display

A symbol of freedom and of friendship

A gift from Charles De Gaulle, this crystal Cross of Lorraine was part of the Ordre de la Libération awarded to Churchill in 1958. The honour was given out between 1941-1946 but was reopened especially for Churchill to receive the award.

The House of Commons book at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Marking Churchill's birthday at Chartwell

On the anniversary of Churchill's birthday, we reflect on one of his most iconic birthday presents - the House of Commons 80th birthday book. Currently on display at Chartwell in the new Child of the Commons exhibition, the book is one of the items we hope to save for the nation with your help.

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.