Open on permanent display for the very first time, the Sitting Room Annexe explores the lives of the Churchill children and their experiences and memories of Chartwell.
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
Thanks to the success of the Churchill's Chartwell Appeal, from Monday 2 March step inside the newly displayed Ante Room to see a new display of medals and gifts that were received by Churchill.
Weekdays from Monday 2 March step inside the Sitting Room Annexe, on permanent display for the first time, and explore the lives of the Churchill children as they grew up at Chartwell.
Discover the stories of Chartwell at your own pace from this November with our brand new audio guides. Choose between different topics to suit your own interests - with more coming soon - by picking up one of our new lightweight devices, free with your entry from our Visitor Centre.
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.
02 Mar 20
The Sitting Room Annexe
29 Feb 20
The Ante Room redisplay
See a new display of Churchill medals that have been saved for the nation thanks to the Churchill's Chartwell Appeal.
04 Nov 19
Outdoor audio guides
Launched in the winter of 2019, new audio guides of the outdoors explore treasured family memories, Churchill painting spots and seasonal plant highlights to look out for in the garden.