A Stetson hat, paintings and brushes, manuscripts and military uniforms --- almost every memento of Sir Winston Churchill except a whiff of cigar smoke -- went on display in London on Thursday (9 May).
GV Somerset House and placard advertising exhibition
SV & CU Picture of Winston Churchill as child with mother
CU Letter from Churchill to mother
CU Churchill at age 33
CU Picture of Churchill at siege of Sydney Street
CU PAN Painting of Battle of Omdurman to Revolver used by Winston Churchill
CU Picture of Churchill with young Duke of Windsor
CU PAN From paints to one of Churchill's paintings
SV & CU Some of Churchill's famous hats (3 shots)
CU Picture of Churchill with Hitler with Churchill in background
SV & CU Churchill's wartime belongings on desk -- ration book, helmet and gas mask (4 shots)
CU Spencer Churchill (nephew) with Winston churchill (grandson) nearest camera looking at exhibits.
SV & CU Miniature sculpture of Lady and Sir Winstom Churchill
CU Winston Churchill statue
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Background: A Stetson hat, paintings and brushes, manuscripts and military uniforms --- almost every memento of Sir Winston Churchill except a whiff of cigar smoke -- went on display in London on Thursday (9 May).
They are included in an exhibition marking the centenary year of the later British leader's birth -- on November 30, 1874.
The 224 exhibits, some presented by Queen Elizabeth and Sir Winston's widow, Lady Spencer Churchill, are to remain on show until 30 September in the state-owned 17th century Someraset House.
The exhibition has been organised by the churchill Centenary Trust as part of its campaign to raise "A Million Pounds from a Million People."
The money will be used to complete the two national memorials to Sir Winston Churchill -- Churchill College in Cambridge, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, which provides fellowships for study abroad.
The Churchill Centenary Trust is charging admission to the exhibition, as well as accepting donations from members of the public.
Sir Winston Churchill, a prominent figure in British european and world affairs for almost half a century, died in 1965.
SYNOPSIS: Somerset House in London. The historic building has been housing an exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of the late British leader, sire Winston Churchill. The exhibition traces Churchill's life from his boyhood to his rise to power.
There are some comical notes to the exhibition. A letter from Churchill to his mother during his school days asks for more pocket money.
The exhibition has been organised by the Churchill Centenary Trust, as part of its campaign to raise a million pounds form a million people this year. The money will be used to complete two national memorials to Sir Winston -- Churchill College in Cambridge and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, which provides fellowships for study abroad.
There are about two-hundred-and-twenty-four exhibits -- some of them presented by Queen Elizabeth and Sir Winston's widow, Lady Spencer Churchill. Churchill was an avid artist and many of his works are featured, along with his famous Stetson hats and other mementos.
Perhaps churchill' most memorable years -- during World War Two -- are amply portrayed in paintings and photographs. In fact, the exhibition includes almost every memento of Churchill except a whiff of cigar smoke. Among them are his were ration book, his helmet and gas mask.
Sir Winston's nephew, Spencer and his grandson, Winston, attended the exhibition on opening day. The exhibition will run until the end of September. The Churchill Centenary Trust is charging admission, as well as accepting donations from the public.