Politician, artist and family man
Key themes of the exhibition are...
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.