Keeping Churchill at Chartwell

Churchill's personal possessions

We have launched a £7.1 million appeal to reinvigorate the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest statesmen – Sir Winston Churchill. The aim is to acquire hundreds of historic and personal objects that belonged to him at his home, Chartwell in Kent.

It's 50 years since Chartwell, his family home, was opened to the public. We're using this anniversary focus to call on our members, supporters, charitable institutions and public bodies to help reach the appeal target and ensure Churchill’s story resonates with future generations.

Monies raised from the appeal will secure many personal items that belonged to Churchill. It will also enable new interpretation across Chartwell. It would also mean increased access to the collections, and the opening of family rooms that have never been seen by the public.

An important part of the appeal is to acquire for the nation hundreds of precious heirlooms, many of international significance, that have been on long-term loan to Chartwell.

" A successful appeal will not only allow us to secure these items but will enable us to tell Churchill’s story in new and dynamic ways as part of our wider plans for Chartwell so that one of our greatest Britons remains accessible to people of all ages."
- Katherine Barnett, Chartwell’s house and collections manager

The place Churchill called home

Chartwell is the only place in the world where objects that belonged to Churchill can be seen in their original domestic setting. They are intrinsic to his life and achievements.

We've been in discussions with Randolph Churchill over plans for Chartwell’s future and to agree on which of the loaned items we wish to acquire. A successful fundraising appeal will ensure this historic collection can remain permanently at Chartwell for visitors and future generations to enjoy.

The items include Churchill’s library of inscribed books, medallions, gifts and awards that he received from well-wishers around the world. There are also personal and poignant mementoes such as the speech box in which he stored notes for his famous speeches.
 
Chartwell was Churchill’s beloved family retreat away from the stresses of political life. He often spoke of his wish for a museum on site at the house after his death.

The objects throughout his home represent his long and eventful life. They represent his distinguished political and writing careers as well as his passions for painting, farming and wildlife.