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Churchill - Death of a Hero
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Death of a Hero exhibition commemorates Winston Churchill in his Kent family home
 
To mark the 50th anniversary of the death and state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill this month, his family home, Chartwell in Kent, is celebrating the life and legacy of the great wartime leader with its Death of a Hero exhibition.
Churchill died on 24 January 1965, in his London home, aged 90. His state funeral six days later on 30 January was watched live on TV by millions around the world. Representatives from 112 countries attended the funeral and it remains one of the most poignant moments in British political history.
Death of a Hero looks at the death and impact of the country’s greatest statesman. Set in the context of his beloved family home in Westerham, the exhibition is a moving and emotive look into the reaction to Churchill’s death.
The exhibition, which has been researched by a dedicated team of National Trust volunteers, includes items that have never been on display before - from personal family mementoes to commemorative gifts.
Chartwell’s house and collections manager, Katherine Barnett comments: “Churchill is one of the most universally admired public figures in history. Death of a Hero aims to do justice to this great man, whose influence and impact is so wide reaching that it can still be seen in literature, art, public speaking and politics today”.
Katherine adds: “Curating this exhibition has been very moving for all involved at Chartwell. Churchill still has such a strong presence in the house and it’s been a challenge to select just 66 objects to show the legacy of a life of such significance”.
Death of a Hero has five main themes:
• Churchill's Passing - looks at the last moments of Churchill’s life and the fateful day itself. It includes ‘Operation Hope Not’, the meticulous funeral plans begun in 1959 by the Earl Marshall of England, The Duke of Norfolk who organised the state funeral. This is the first time it has ever been made available for public display, with kind permission from The Duke of Norfolk. Also on display is the last photograph taken of Churchill - one of only two photographs selected by Lady Churchill to be displayed on the desk in her bedroom when Chartwell opened to the public. Churchill’s beloved cat, Jock, who was on his bed at the time of his death, is also represented in a prototype figurine designed for this year’s anniversary by Royal Crown Derby and modelled on Chartwell’s current resident cat Jock VI.
• The Aftermath – showcases the international reaction following Churchill's death, it includes the flag that flew over Washington on the day his death was announced, and the Resolution of Sorrows, messages of sympathy to the Churchill family from the US Senate. Newspapers of the day offer an insight into the reaction of the world’s media.
• The Funeral - includes the order of service for the state funeral on 30 January 1965, sketches from the day, and the painting, Westward to Bladon by Wilfred Morden, depicting the barge Havengore carrying the coffin along the Thames. Also on display are the spurs gifted by Lady Churchill to the Duke of Norfolk as a thank-you for organising the funeral, with kind permission from The Duke of Norfolk.
• His Legacy – represents Churchill’s accolades and accomplishments as a painter, writer, orator and politician. It includes the silent typewriter used by Churchill’s secretaries so that he could dictate and write without distraction and a photograph of Churchill on VE Day, 8 May 1945, signed by all the members of the Royal Family pictured with him. This image hung by Churchill’s bed when he was at Chartwell and has never been on public display
• Remembering Him – shows examples of the countless iconographic items and commemorative objects created in memory of Churchill. It includes a 1965 commemorative crown coin, tobacco pipe, plates, vases and even a commemorative biscuit tin.
One of the personal items in the exhibition is a large leather-bound book of newspaper cuttings given to Churchill’s then new-born grandson Randolph.
Randolph Churchill says: “Sir Winston has obviously been a huge influence on my life personally. So many objects in the Death of a Hero exhibition are dear to me, but the newspaper cuttings book is particularly close to my heart. A gift when I was just two months old, it contains many newspaper articles from 1965 [is this correct. Are they all from 1965?] which describe in great detail the love and gratitude the world had for Sir Winston. It’s a poignant reminder of the sheer scale of his impact”.
Katherine Barnett adds: “It is the enormous sense of loss, yet pride, felt around the world that this exhibition has aimed to capture, illustrating how in the words of Lady Churchill ‘it wasn’t a funeral – it was a triumph”.
Visitors to Death of a Hero will also be able to watch footage of the funeral, read the current Prime Minister David Cameron’s thoughts on Churchill and take part in a life and legacy family trail around the gardens that Churchill landscaped himself.
Death of a Hero is part of Churchill 2015, a commemoration of the great man’s life which sees a number of exhibitions and special events in museums and locations close to the Churchill family across the country.
Death of a Hero runs until 1 November 2015. House open from 28 February. For opening times and more information or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell or telephone 01732 868381
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About Chartwell
Chartwell was a much loved family home and the place from which Sir Winston Churchill drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man.
The hillside gardens reflect Churchill's love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, Lady Churchill's rose garden, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse created especially for the youngest Churchill daughter. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
About the National Trust
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 742 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
For more information on National Trust events, please visit our website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events
About Churchill 2015
Churchill 2015 is a unique international celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, fifty years after his death, sixty years after his final resignation as prime minister, and seventy five years after his ‘finest hour’ leading the fight against fascism in 1940.
Churchill-related activity will take place around the world to commemorate his achievements, to highlight his vibrant existing legacy, to promote a range of educational opportunities and to bring his life and work to new audiences.
Churchill 2015 follows three main themes: Commemoration, to mark this important anniversary appropriately; Education, to engage and inspire future generations; and Legacy, to highlight, develop and enhance the existing work of Churchill organisations in delivering programmes focusing on leadership, debate and public speaking.

Churchill 2015 is being led by an alliance of those charities and institutions with an interest in the life or legacy of Sir Winston.
For a list of partners and a first glimpse of some of the planned activities visit www.churchillcentral.com

 
Visiting Death of a Hero
Death of a Hero runs until 1 November 2015, 11am – 4pm. The house will be open from 28 February 2015.
• Normal admission charges apply; National Trust members free
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