Keep Churchill at Chartwell appeal updates

Chattel on display

We're launching 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.

Keep checking back on this page to find out our latest news on the appeal and discover new ways for you to get involved.

Latest updates

18 Nov 16

Heritage Lottery Fund boosts Chartwell appeal

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £3.45 million towards the National Trust's appeal to reinvigorate Churchill's legacy and acquire many of his personal objects at Chartwell. The HLF grant brings the total raised so far to nearly £5.5 million of our £7.1 million target. Thank you all for your support; we hope more supporters will come forward to help make our appeal successful.

13 Sep 16

New fiver now in circulation

A new fiver featuring Sir Winston Churchill is now in circulation and will be appearing in your purses very soon. Why not #GiveAWinston to our appeal and help keep Winston's legacy at Chartwell?

05 Sep 16

Appeal launch

Today we launched a £7.1 million appeal to help us keep Churchill's legacy at Chartwell. Keep checking back to this page to find out the latest news on the appeal and find new ways to get involved.

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