Churchill's life in objects

Find out more about the objects we've been able to save for the nation, each one telling a vital story about the life of Churchill.

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

From the Chartwell collection: Order of Service for 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.

Chattel on display

Symbols of freedom and of friendship

Find out more about the Ordre de la Libération and the Lalique cockerel, two items on display at Chartwell that symbolise friendship and unity between France and Britain.

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

Marking Churchill's birthday at Chartwell

One of Churchills most treasured presents is the House of Commons 80th birthday book. It's just one of the items we have saved for the nation thanks to your donations to the Churchill's Chartwell Appeal.

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.