New exhibition to celebrate Churchill’s life and legacy

Churchill outside Chartwell. Credit:
Churchill outside Chartwell. Credit:

Death of a Hero: A new exhibition on Britain’s greatest statesman Sir Winston Churchill opens this month
Churchill outside Chartwell (Image: National Trust)

Chartwell, the adult house of Sir Winston Churchill, is set to open an exhibition commemorating the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill on 15 November 2014.

Death of a Hero will look at the passing and impact of the country’s greatest statesman and wartime leader ahead of the 50th anniversary of his death, in 2015.

Set in the context of his beloved family home in Westerham, the exhibition is a moving tribute of the adored figure, and an exploration into the reaction to Churchill’s death, including never seen before objects, letters and mementoes.

Chartwell (Image: National Trust)
Chartwell (Image: National Trust)

Chartwell’s House and Collections Manager, Katherine Barnett says: “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 passing was marked with a state funeral watched by over 300 million people around the world. His influence and impact is wide reaching and it can still be seen in literature, art, public speaking and politics today.”

Accompanying the exhibition is a Life and Legacy trail for families set in the gardens Churchill created. An avid gardener, Churchill made the lakes, the kitchen garden and the Marycot – a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary – himself, and the trail will highlight this and his many memories and pastimes, as well as offering some garden-related challenges.

The exhibition is part of Churchill 2015, a celebration 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 from 15 November 2014 to 22 February 2015, 11am – 3pm (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). For more information visit

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