Politi­cian, artist and fam­ily man

Key themes of the ex­hi­bi­tion are...

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Churchill as a fam­ily man: Dis­cover why fam­ily was al­ways im­por­tant to Churchill, hav­ing been dis­tant from his own par­ents as a child. On mar­ry­ing Cle­men­tine, he said he ’mar­ried and lived hap­pily ever after.’ Churchill as a writer and or­a­tor - find out how he started writ­ing as a jour­nal­ist and war cor­re­spon­dent, be­fore turn­ing to writ­ing his­to­ries, and be­com­ing an award win­ning au­thor, as well as be­ing given honorary mem­ber­ship to the Press Club in 1921. Churchill as a politi­cian, wartime leader and states­man – his par­lia­men­tary ca­reer spanned more than six decades, in­clud­ing 21 elec­tions, win­ning16. By the end of his ca­reer, he was the long­est-serv­ing MP of the 20th cen­tury. Churchill as a soldier and mil­i­tary leader– items on dis­play in­clude a col­lec­tion of toy sol­diers from his child­hood through to mil­i­tary hon­ours awarded for his vic­tory in the Se­cond World War.

Churchill the artist: He took up the hobby at 40 and went on to pain more than 500 can­vases. In 1921 he said: ‘If it weren’t for paint­ing, I could not live; I could not bear the strain of things.’

Cu­ra­tor Kather­ine added: “It’s been won­der­ful to look in de­tail at Churchill’s cher­ished pos­ses­sions and ob­jects that rep­re­sent the breadth and va­ri­ety of his in­ter­ests, pas­sions and pur­suits. From the most per­sonal of keep­sakes to in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion and hon­ours, A His­tory of Win­ston Churchill in 50 Ob­jects of­fers a new take on one of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary fig­ures in Bri­tish his­tory, and all against the back­drop of his beloved home.” Ever pop­u­lar, the book­ies be­lieve the BBC1’S Icons show, which starts this week, will see Churchill named the ul­ti­mate 20th cen­tury icon.

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