Updates from the Churchill's Chartwell appeal

Project
Chattel on display

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."
- Sir Winston Churchill writing to Lord Camrose from Chartwell, 1945

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

Latest updates

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.

Audio guides now in use at Chartwell with woman holding and listening with lakes and swimming pool in background

27 Sep 19

Studio interactive 'touch-wall'

The giant 'touch-wall' projection in Winston Churchill's Studio allows visitors to explore Churchill's paintings in more depth and detail. In varied and interactive ways visitors can also learn more about Churchill's style and technique as well as the various places across the globe that he captured on canvas.

A visitor using the 'touch-wall' projection in the studio

27 Sep 19

Digitised Chartwell Visitors Book

With thanks to the continued success of the Churchill’s Chartwell Appeal we launched a brand-new interactive version of the Visitors Book for visitors to see, use and explore This interactive display helps show off this fascinating book in new ways, giving a glimpse into the famous friends, family and faces who visited Chartwell over the years and signed this unique historic record.

A close up of the signatures in the Chartwell Visitors Book, with the entry for Charlie Chaplin visible on the digital version in the background