Organisations and institutions around the world have come together to present ‘Churchill 2015’, a unique celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, 50 years after his death, 60 years after his final resignation as Prime Minister, and 75 years after his ‘finest hour’ leading the fight against Nazi Germany in 1940.
To engage the nation and inspire the next generation, a host of exhibitions and events are taking place this year as part of ‘Churchill 2015’. A special exhibition has opened at the Science Museum in London, telling the little-known story of how Churchill’s fascination with science led to the scientific achievements that helped Britain win the Second World War. The incredible events of WW2 are brought to life through a rich array of significant historical objects, original film footage, letters and archive images, and the exhibition features a number of personal objects belonging to Sir Winston.
Other exhibitions include ‘Death of a Hero’ at Churchill’s family home of Chartwell in Kent, now cared for by the National Trust. This exhibition features a number of never-before-seen-items from personal family mementoes to commemorative gifts and a revamped Churchill Exhibition. There is also an exhibition and new memorial garden at his birthplace, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
Internationally, the Musée de l’Armée in Paris opens its Churchill–de Gaulle exhibition in April, exploring the relationship between these two great figures. The exhibitions are supported by materials from Churchill’s own personal papers at the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.
Lectures will be delivered across the UK including a series by the University of Bristol which features key historians and members of the Churchill family. The Churchill Centre (UK) will host the 32nd International Churchill conference between May 26 and 29.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, established in 1965 as Sir Winston’s national memorial and living legacy, awards Churchill Fellowships to individuals from throughout the UK to enable them to travel to different parts of the world in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of social, educational, environmental, medical and scientific issues, and bringing back new approaches and solutions to the UK.