We are excited to announce that after 3 years of fundraising Chartwell has acquired the Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded to Sir Winston Churchill in 1953. This prize will now continue to be on display at Chartwell, Kent for generations to come. To celebrate the purchase, the Nobel Prize has been redisplayed at Chartwell in the Museum Room in a more prominent position for an improved visitor experience.
Updates from the Churchill's Chartwell appeal
In 2016 we launched an ambitious appeal to raise £7.1 million to acquire hundreds of historic and personal objects that belonged to Churchill and to open family rooms that have never been seen before by the public. Currently on display by long-term loan at Chartwell, the family rooms and collections are displayed as Lady Churchill wished them to be seen following her husband’s death. We want to keep Churchill at Chartwell for future generations to enjoy and we need your help to do so.
" 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."
With our appeal, we hope to keep over 1,000 individual items that belonged to Sir Winston Churchill at Chartwell. This includes:
- Six major awards, gifts and prizes, including Churchill's nobel prize for literature
- Twelve freedom awards
- Twelve gifts such as the House of commons 80th birthday book
- Six personal souvenirs
- Forty eight medallions including his school fencing medal
- Eight hundred and ninety eight inscribed books
A successful fundraising appeal will ensure the historic collection can remain permanently at Chartwell for visitors and future generations to enjoy.
What we've achieved so far
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.
With thanks to the use of new technology, explore the artwork of Sir Winston Churchill in never seen before detail as we launch our branch new exhibit down in the studio at Chartwell.
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.
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.
Be captivated by history and adventure in the treehouse at Chartwell. Climb up the two-storey structure to take in the lofty views before sliding back down to earth. As you play you'll learn the wonderful stories of the Churchill family, who enjoyed their own treehouse here over 90 years ago.
We are delighted to have welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales, President of the National Trust, to Chartwell in June 2017. As well as seeing the work we do, meeting our staff and volunteers, and viewing our historic collection, The Prince thanked supporters of our ‘Keep Churchill at Chartwell’ appeal which aims to secure hundreds of Churchill’s possessions for the nation.
Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 in recognition of his writing and commanding speeches. With your help we have been able to acquire this important item in the collection, keeping it at Chartwell, where it belongs.
18 Feb 19
Chartwell buys Churchill's Nobel Prize
11 Jan 19
Chartwell launches outdoor contemporary art trail
Our second exhibition ‘Who was Winston Churchill?’ was an outdoor contemporary art trail running until Sunday 24th February 2019 aimed at visitors who might not know very much about Churchill. Curator E-J Scott and artist Patrick Bullock created large-scale outdoor installations which were displayed through the picturesque grounds at Chartwell to explore Churchill’s characteristics and hobbies. An Instagram account @art_art_chartwell was set up to promote the trail on social media beyond Chartwell’s usual channels of Facebook and Twitter, with the aim of attracting new visitors.
11 Jan 19
Chartwell opens new permanent exhibition
‘A History of Winston Churchill in 50 Objects’, is a permanent exhibition that provides a unique insight into the world of one of Britain’s greatest leaders through 50 objects that relate to different stories and aspects of his life. The exhibition covers the full spectrum of Churchill’s life, from political powerhouse to keen amateur artist; fearless military figure to loving husband and father.