Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms The Churchill Museum is the first museum dedicated to the life and achievements of Sir Winston Churchill. This permanent exhibition is housed within the unique historic setting of the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill's secret underground wartime base.
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You'll need some geography knoweldge to answer today's Secret of the War Rooms!On the map in the Chief of Staff's Confer...
01/07/2021

You'll need some geography knoweldge to answer today's Secret of the War Rooms!

On the map in the Chief of Staff's Conference Room you can find this little cartoon. But do you know which country this caricature of Hi**er sits off the coast of?

From next Monday we'll be open seven days a week for the summer holidays. Whether you're local to London or planning a t...
28/06/2021

From next Monday we'll be open seven days a week for the summer holidays.

Whether you're local to London or planning a trip to the capital, discover a world beneath the streets of Westminster where Churchill directed the course of the Second World War.

Book your tickets now and discover what we're doing to keep you safe at all of our branches this summer: https://bit.ly/3iWzPdM

From next Monday we'll be open seven days a week for the summer holidays.

Whether you're local to London or planning a trip to the capital, discover a world beneath the streets of Westminster where Churchill directed the course of the Second World War.

Book your tickets now and discover what we're doing to keep you safe at all of our branches this summer: https://bit.ly/3iWzPdM

27/06/2021

''What he wore, the way he spoke, the way he stood - it was all part of the show'...

Churchill is renowned for his speeches - but public speaking didn't always come naturally to him. How did he overcome a speech impediment and turn words into one of his greatest weapons? FInd out with our curator, Nigel Steel.

It's time for a new Secret of the War Rooms! These multicoloured objects, located in the Map Room were given a nickname ...
25/06/2021

It's time for a new Secret of the War Rooms!

These multicoloured objects, located in the Map Room were given a nickname as they were constantly ringing. They linked the War Rooms to the Admiralty, the War Office and the Air Ministry.

Do you know what that nickname was?

It's time for a new Secret of the War Rooms!

These multicoloured objects, located in the Map Room were given a nickname as they were constantly ringing. They linked the War Rooms to the Admiralty, the War Office and the Air Ministry.

Do you know what that nickname was?

Can you solve a Secret of the War Rooms? Do you know where you could find this Barbados travel sticker? Hint: it's on an...
18/06/2021

Can you solve a Secret of the War Rooms? Do you know where you could find this Barbados travel sticker?

Hint: it's on an object in one of the historic rooms and you might see British ministers carrying around something very similar today, minus the travel sticker.

Can you solve a Secret of the War Rooms? Do you know where you could find this Barbados travel sticker?

Hint: it's on an object in one of the historic rooms and you might see British ministers carrying around something very similar today, minus the travel sticker.

If you're stuck for ideas for Father's Day gifts, then look no further! IWM has a wide range of clothes and accessories,...
12/06/2021

If you're stuck for ideas for Father's Day gifts, then look no further!

IWM has a wide range of clothes and accessories, books, drinks and amazing in-branch experiences to inspire you. Or why not buy him an IWM membership? As a member, you'll get free entry to all of our sites - and a 10% discount at our online and museum shops.

Find out more about gifting an IWM membership here: bit.ly/2SS9W3V

If you're stuck for ideas for Father's Day gifts, then look no further!

IWM has a wide range of clothes and accessories, books, drinks and amazing in-branch experiences to inspire you. Or why not buy him an IWM membership? As a member, you'll get free entry to all of our sites - and a 10% discount at our online and museum shops.

Find out more about gifting an IWM membership here: bit.ly/2SS9W3V

Each week we'll be sharing a new Secret of the War Rooms Quiz, where we ask you to identify an object from our collectio...
11/06/2021

Each week we'll be sharing a new Secret of the War Rooms Quiz, where we ask you to identify an object from our collections, with only a picture and few clues to guide you.

Here's an easy one to start off - and to get you into the mindset of solving cryptic puzzles. Can you identify this object from our award-winning Churchill Museum?

Each week we'll be sharing a new Secret of the War Rooms Quiz, where we ask you to identify an object from our collections, with only a picture and few clues to guide you.

Here's an easy one to start off - and to get you into the mindset of solving cryptic puzzles. Can you identify this object from our award-winning Churchill Museum?

08/06/2021

Painter by day, firefighter by night - discover more about Ernest Boye-Uden, an official artist with the National Fire Service from 1941. Boye-Uden's work is featured in our exhibit Wartime London: Art of the Blitz, now extended until September 2021. Have you booked your tickets yet?

Book yours today: bit.ly/3ccYtm6

D-Day was the largest naval, air and land operation in history. If Winston Churchill had got his way, he would have land...
06/06/2021
Churchill and D-Day | D-Day 75

D-Day was the largest naval, air and land operation in history.

If Winston Churchill had got his way, he would have landed on Juno Beach right alongside the first wave of soldiers on 6 June 1944.

Find out how Allied leaders worked together to make D-Day a success and turn the tide of the war against the Germans, with IWM curator John Delaney.

Watch now: https://youtu.be/znjyZkzldE4

After years of planning and preparation, Winston Churchill wanted to see D-Day unfold with his own eyes.Watch IWM curator John Delaney tell the story of Wins...

“I felt...that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.” In May 1940, after Neville...
04/06/2021

“I felt...that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”

In May 1940, after Neville Chamberlain lost a vote of no confidence, Winston Churchill was appointed Prime Minister, set with the task of leading Britain through the Second World War. Discover more about this period of Churchill's life, as well as his childhood, military career and second stint as Prime Minister in the award-winning Churchill Museum.

As an IWM member you can gain unlimited free entry to all our branches - including Churchill War Rooms. Help us protect our historic sites and world-leading collections with your membership.

Find out more about becoming an IWM member here today: iwm.org.uk/membership

“I felt...that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”

In May 1940, after Neville Chamberlain lost a vote of no confidence, Winston Churchill was appointed Prime Minister, set with the task of leading Britain through the Second World War. Discover more about this period of Churchill's life, as well as his childhood, military career and second stint as Prime Minister in the award-winning Churchill Museum.

As an IWM member you can gain unlimited free entry to all our branches - including Churchill War Rooms. Help us protect our historic sites and world-leading collections with your membership.

Find out more about becoming an IWM member here today: iwm.org.uk/membership

Winston Churchill was 65 years old when he became Prime Minister for the first time in May 1940. But how much do you kno...
31/05/2021

Winston Churchill was 65 years old when he became Prime Minister for the first time in May 1940. But how much do you know about his career before, which had led to him being known as a political firebrand?

Listen to our curator Nigel Steel explain Churchill's maverick reputation and discover the Churchill Museum from the comfort of your home on the Bloomberg Connects app.

Download the app here: bit.ly/2PKOv2U

Winston Churchill was 65 years old when he became Prime Minister for the first time in May 1940. But how much do you know about his career before, which had led to him being known as a political firebrand?

Listen to our curator Nigel Steel explain Churchill's maverick reputation and discover the Churchill Museum from the comfort of your home on the Bloomberg Connects app.

Download the app here: bit.ly/2PKOv2U

You might spot some familiar sights if you tune into Great British Railway Journeys this evening. It was a great pleasur...
29/05/2021
BBC Two - Great British Railway Journeys, Series 13, Park Royal to Westminster

You might spot some familiar sights if you tune into Great British Railway Journeys this evening.

It was a great pleasure to show Michael Portillo around Churchill War Rooms - find out what he learnt about the building and its wartime role from our curator Nigel Steel, on BBC2 at 7pm tonight or catch up on this episode and the series on iPlayer : https://bbc.in/3vrdybi

Michael learns about the adoption of Harry Beck's radical map for the Underground.

On 26 May 1940, the momentous task of evacuating soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk got underway - it was code named O...
27/05/2021

On 26 May 1940, the momentous task of evacuating soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk got underway - it was code named Operation Dynamo.

Winston Churchill and his advisors, planning from the Cabinet Room underneath Westminster estimated that the effort would bring back 20-30,000 soldiers - but in the preceeding 10 days over 338,000 troops were rescued from Dunkirk, a third of them French.

Find out more about the resuce mission and how Churchill used the opportunity to boost British morale: bit.ly/3ulPh5a

Vsit the place where this decision and thousands of others during the war were taken - visit Churchill War Rooms.

On 26 May 1940, the momentous task of evacuating soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk got underway - it was code named Operation Dynamo.

Winston Churchill and his advisors, planning from the Cabinet Room underneath Westminster estimated that the effort would bring back 20-30,000 soldiers - but in the preceeding 10 days over 338,000 troops were rescued from Dunkirk, a third of them French.

Find out more about the resuce mission and how Churchill used the opportunity to boost British morale: bit.ly/3ulPh5a

Vsit the place where this decision and thousands of others during the war were taken - visit Churchill War Rooms.

21/05/2021

Churchill War Rooms is open once more! We’re open Wed - Sun, 10am - 6pm.

Now is the perfect time to visit - with social distancing measures and capacity limits in place, you can enjoy the museum without the usual crowds.

Booking in advance is strongly recommended but not required.

We can’t wait to welcome you back. https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

In May 1943, during Churchill's visit to Washington D.C, he and Roosevelt planned what would later become the D-Day oper...
19/05/2021

In May 1943, during Churchill's visit to Washington D.C, he and Roosevelt planned what would later become the D-Day operations. They met every other day over Churchill's two week visit, discussing how they would make a success of the campaign, planned for the following May.

You can discover more about the relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt, including the secret telephone room which had a direct line to the US President, during a visit to Churchill War Rooms which reopened today.

Book your visit now:https://bit.ly/3em8jDB

In May 1943, during Churchill's visit to Washington D.C, he and Roosevelt planned what would later become the D-Day operations. They met every other day over Churchill's two week visit, discussing how they would make a success of the campaign, planned for the following May.

You can discover more about the relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt, including the secret telephone room which had a direct line to the US President, during a visit to Churchill War Rooms which reopened today.

Book your visit now:https://bit.ly/3em8jDB

We’re gearing up to reopening and can’t wait to welcome you back in just a few weeks! In the meantime, get your history ...
13/05/2021

We’re gearing up to reopening and can’t wait to welcome you back in just a few weeks! In the meantime, get your history fix with one of our online talks and tours.

All tours are delivered live by IWM experts, with a chance to ask your questions at the end.

- The Spitfire : 23 May

The Spitfire was the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and became the symbol of British defiance in the air. Dive deep into the story of this “poem of speed and precision”.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3fb0fq7

- Extraordinary highlights from the collections : 14 May, 18 June

Travel through all five of IWM’s iconic museums and sites in one virtual tour – an exploration of our most fascinating objects and the curious stories behind them. From the spitfire found buried on a beach to J. R. R. Tolkien’s revolver from the First World War, uncover the highlights from our collections.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3gOXI66

- The Holocaust Exhibition : 16 May, 30 June

Our world-renowned Holocaust Exhibition tells the story of the N**i persecution of Jewish people and other groups before and during the Second World War. With this new online tour you’ll be guided through our collection of photographs, documents and artefacts to better understand the origins and implementation of the ‘Final Solution’.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3vrpc5E

- Churchill’s War Rooms : 4 June

Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War, Churchill War Rooms is one of London’s must-see attractions. Experience the power of the War Rooms from the comfort of your home with this new online tour, delivered live by our experts.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3qbz8x1

We’re gearing up to reopening and can’t wait to welcome you back in just a few weeks! In the meantime, get your history fix with one of our online talks and tours.

All tours are delivered live by IWM experts, with a chance to ask your questions at the end.

- The Spitfire : 23 May

The Spitfire was the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and became the symbol of British defiance in the air. Dive deep into the story of this “poem of speed and precision”.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3fb0fq7

- Extraordinary highlights from the collections : 14 May, 18 June

Travel through all five of IWM’s iconic museums and sites in one virtual tour – an exploration of our most fascinating objects and the curious stories behind them. From the spitfire found buried on a beach to J. R. R. Tolkien’s revolver from the First World War, uncover the highlights from our collections.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3gOXI66

- The Holocaust Exhibition : 16 May, 30 June

Our world-renowned Holocaust Exhibition tells the story of the N**i persecution of Jewish people and other groups before and during the Second World War. With this new online tour you’ll be guided through our collection of photographs, documents and artefacts to better understand the origins and implementation of the ‘Final Solution’.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3vrpc5E

- Churchill’s War Rooms : 4 June

Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War, Churchill War Rooms is one of London’s must-see attractions. Experience the power of the War Rooms from the comfort of your home with this new online tour, delivered live by our experts.

Book today: https://bit.ly/3qbz8x1

In summer 1938, as Hi**er’s demands for Czechoslovak territory brought Europe to the brink of war, a team led by Sir Les...
10/05/2021

In summer 1938, as Hi**er’s demands for Czechoslovak territory brought Europe to the brink of war, a team led by Sir Leslie Hollis worked to turn a dusty basement beneath government offices near Downing Street into a fully-equipped war room.

Find out more about how Hollis prepared these secret headquarters that would be 'the first of its type', with the Bloomberg Connects app.

Download your free guide to Churchill War Rooms here: http://ow.ly/xNvZ50DvBtw

In summer 1938, as Hi**er’s demands for Czechoslovak territory brought Europe to the brink of war, a team led by Sir Leslie Hollis worked to turn a dusty basement beneath government offices near Downing Street into a fully-equipped war room.

Find out more about how Hollis prepared these secret headquarters that would be 'the first of its type', with the Bloomberg Connects app.

Download your free guide to Churchill War Rooms here: http://ow.ly/xNvZ50DvBtw

#OnThisDay 1945 millions of people across the world celebrated Allied victory in Europe - VE-Day. In Britain, Churchill ...
08/05/2021

#OnThisDay 1945 millions of people across the world celebrated Allied victory in Europe - VE-Day.

In Britain, Churchill marked the occasion by declaring 8 May a public holiday. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.

These 10 photos show some of the celebrations that took place that day: bit.ly/3vMWgW3

© IWM H 41849

#OnThisDay 1945 millions of people across the world celebrated Allied victory in Europe - VE-Day.

In Britain, Churchill marked the occasion by declaring 8 May a public holiday. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.

These 10 photos show some of the celebrations that took place that day: bit.ly/3vMWgW3

© IWM H 41849

07/05/2021

IWM is pleased to announce that the ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries will open at IWM London on 20 October 2021.

The ambitious project sees IWM become the first museum in the world to house dedicated Second World War and Holocaust Galleries under one roof.

These two adjoining sets of galleries will bring together unseen objects, untold stories and unheard voices to help visitors understand the most devastating conflict in human history and the genocide that became known as the Holocaust.

Find out more about the extensive new galleries on the IWM website: https://bit.ly/3h90qU8

Did you know that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, visited the Cabinet War Rooms on 12 May 19...
07/05/2021

Did you know that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, visited the Cabinet War Rooms on 12 May 1942? Their signatures can be found in the guest book.

Help us protect our historic sites and world-leading collections by becoming an IWM member. Members have unlimited free entry to all our branches - including Churchill War Rooms. Find out more about becoming an IWM member : https://bit.ly/33mZUtA

© IWM MH 534

Did you know that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, visited the Cabinet War Rooms on 12 May 1942? Their signatures can be found in the guest book.

Help us protect our historic sites and world-leading collections by becoming an IWM member. Members have unlimited free entry to all our branches - including Churchill War Rooms. Find out more about becoming an IWM member : https://bit.ly/33mZUtA

© IWM MH 534

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Clive Steps, King Charles Street
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Nearest tube station Westminster (Jubilee, District or Circle Line) or St James's Park (District and Circle Line) Nearest train station Charing Cross By bus 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 109, 148, 159, 184, 211.

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Tuesday 9:30am - 6pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 6pm
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hello my name is Ryan Claridge i hope you are doing ok and keeping safe May I wish you a very happy new year i was just wondering if you can help me please thank you i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address to contact the official Churchill War Rooms merchandise store also i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events company and management company who are promoting directing and producing ,Churchill War Rooms also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact Churchill War Rooms also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2021 and 2022 shows and events for Churchill War Rooms be ready and released also what shows and events will Churchill War Rooms take part in throughout 2021 and 2022 Any way you can help answer my questions regarding these queries please would be very much appreciated thank you from Ryan claridge
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Are you a current or former museum and gallery professional working in the UK or internationally? We are inviting colleagues in the sector to complete a survey that aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of current and former museum and gallery professionals in relation to graduate employability in the sector. Our survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdekeCXoKtluvSF-r1Y_JXOKTMVaTZ36UB8PKlpjhWyGI3QwQ/viewform here (closing date: 18th of June). We would appreciate if you could take the time to complete our survey and circulate it amongst your colleagues. This survey is part of the project Curating Expertise: Towards a Museum Forum @ King’s, with which we aim to build an interdisciplinary Museum Studies teaching and research agenda at King’s College London. We are interested in colleagues’ thoughts about the knowledges, skills and experience that museum studies graduates should possess to be employable in the sector today. We are particularly keen to hear from those interested in contributing, in one form or another, to the delivery of a London-based but globally focused new Museum Studies teaching provision. Whilst we are interested in collaborating with London-based institutions / professionals, we would be delighted to also hear from colleagues across the UK and internationally. Whilst we appreciate this is a time of uncertainty for the sector, it seems a critical moment to reflect on how we can train future generations of resilient museum professionals. If you wish to get in touch, you can reach us at [email protected] and [email protected]. Best wishes, Dr Stuart Dunn (DDH) and Dr Serena Iervolino (CMCI)
I booked tickets to visit War Rooms on Saturday 28th March at 12.30 I have never received an order number or reference number for this.Please would you furnish me with the same? Details: Payment on 6 th March for £128.80 with debit card finishing with 4319. Thank you.
My trip to London next week was cancelled due to the corona virus pandemic. I recently purchased two senior tickets to your museum and would like to use them on another trip to London sometime. Will this be possible? I certainly hope you are relaxing the rules for this highly unlikely occurrence!
Great visit today to Churchill War Rooms in London.Fascinating info in Churchill museum. Recommend to anyone who has an interest in World War Two.
Nobody answers customer inquiries, I guess. 😞
Hi! I think we are going to visit the War Rooms in late May. I see you open at 9:30 AM, but only sell online tickets starting at 10:00. If you purchase a 10:00 ticket, can you enter at 9:30 or thereabouts? Thanks.