The Sir Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton


Death of a Hero

National Trust Press Release

Day 07 November 2014

Chartwell in Kent is set to open an exhibition commemorating the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill this month.

Death of a Hero, which opens on 15 November, looks at the passing and impact of the country’s greatest statesman and war time leader ahead of the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death in 2015.

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 and includes never seen before objects, letters and mementoes.

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 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”

Death of a Hero will have five main themes including Churchill’s passing, the aftermath, the funeral, his legacy and remembering Churchill.

Each section will include never before seen items such as, a commemorative painting of the procession by Wilfred Morden depicting the boat that carried Churchill’s coffin up the Thames, which has been in store for almost half a century. The spurs gifted by Clementine Churchill to the Duke of Norfolk as a thank you for organising the funeral, personal family mementoes and the thoughts of our current Prime Minister, David Cameron. The flag named ‘Old Glory’ that was flown at half-mast in Washington on the day he died.

Katherine Barnett adds; “It is the enormous sense of loss, and yet pride, felt around the world that this exhibition captures, illustrating how in the words of Lady Churchill “it wasn’t a funeral – it was a triumph”

Accompanying the exhibition is a Life and Legacy trail for familes. Set in the gardens Churchill himself created, the trail highlight’s his memories and pastimes, and including some garden-related challenges.

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 from 15 November 2014 to 22 February 2015, 11am – 3pm (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Gift Aid Admission prices £6.90 adult, £3.45 child, £17.25 family. For more information visit

For further press information and images please contact:

Tracey Willis, Marketing & Development Manager, Chartwell, 01732 861141

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