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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Known for working 18 hour days, it's no wonder Churchill sometimes needed a bit of R&R - here he is having just returned...
03/05/2021

Known for working 18 hour days, it's no wonder Churchill sometimes needed a bit of R&R - here he is having just returned from Nice, in a photograph which was captioned at the time describing Churchill 'looking fit and bronzed.'

We hope you are enjoying your Bank Holiday weekend and we look forward to welcoming you back on site for the next one. Book your tickets now and come and explore history hidden beneath the streets of London: https://bit.ly/3fGJEJ3

Known for working 18 hour days, it's no wonder Churchill sometimes needed a bit of R&R - here he is having just returned from Nice, in a photograph which was captioned at the time describing Churchill 'looking fit and bronzed.'

We hope you are enjoying your Bank Holiday weekend and we look forward to welcoming you back on site for the next one. Book your tickets now and come and explore history hidden beneath the streets of London: https://bit.ly/3fGJEJ3

Did you know that London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights during the Blitz?  We are delighted that our art trail, Wa...
30/04/2021

Did you know that London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights during the Blitz?

We are delighted that our art trail, Wartime London: Art of the Blitz, has been extended and visitors can see this collection of works on their visit to Churchill War Rooms when we reopen from19 May.

Featuring works by Ravilious, Henry Moore and Leila Faithfull, the art trail will take you closer to the experiences of ordinary people forced into new patterns of living by N**i air raids.

Did you know that London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights during the Blitz?

We are delighted that our art trail, Wartime London: Art of the Blitz, has been extended and visitors can see this collection of works on their visit to Churchill War Rooms when we reopen from19 May.

Featuring works by Ravilious, Henry Moore and Leila Faithfull, the art trail will take you closer to the experiences of ordinary people forced into new patterns of living by N**i air raids.

Get closer than ever before to the hidden history of Churchill War Rooms with the new audio-visual guide supported by Bl...
26/04/2021

Get closer than ever before to the hidden history of Churchill War Rooms with the new audio-visual guide supported by Bloomberg Connects.

Discover more fascinating stories and secrets about each room and uncover details you may miss on your visit, including what the mysterious stairs lead down to outside the Cabinet Room.

Download the free Churchill War Rooms guide on the Bloomberg Connects app now to start your Churchill War Rooms experience at home, ahead of your next visit. Download the app here: http://ow.ly/xNvZ50DvBtw

Get closer than ever before to the hidden history of Churchill War Rooms with the new audio-visual guide supported by Bloomberg Connects.

Discover more fascinating stories and secrets about each room and uncover details you may miss on your visit, including what the mysterious stairs lead down to outside the Cabinet Room.

Download the free Churchill War Rooms guide on the Bloomberg Connects app now to start your Churchill War Rooms experience at home, ahead of your next visit. Download the app here: http://ow.ly/xNvZ50DvBtw

Scrolling Instagram or the news headlines during a work video call… come on, admit it we’ve all done it!Leading Aircraft...
22/04/2021

Scrolling Instagram or the news headlines during a work video call… come on, admit it we’ve all done it!

Leading Aircraftwoman Myra Murden worked down in the Cabinet War Rooms during the Second World War and was guilty of distraction at work too. She loved to draw and would often doodle between shorthand typing tasks. Until she was caught in the act, which led to a surprising outcome.

Sign up to our eNews to find out what happened to Myra. Subscribe by Wednesday 28 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Thursday 29 April: http://ow.ly/eoN650Evj2A

Scrolling Instagram or the news headlines during a work video call… come on, admit it we’ve all done it!

Leading Aircraftwoman Myra Murden worked down in the Cabinet War Rooms during the Second World War and was guilty of distraction at work too. She loved to draw and would often doodle between shorthand typing tasks. Until she was caught in the act, which led to a surprising outcome.

Sign up to our eNews to find out what happened to Myra. Subscribe by Wednesday 28 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Thursday 29 April: http://ow.ly/eoN650Evj2A

18/04/2021

Women were integral to the top-secret work carried out in Churchill War Rooms during the Second World War.

Joy Hunter, who worked as a typist, tells us what it was like to work there, alongside the key decision makers who determined the course of the war.

Hear more of Joy Hunter’s story on our free digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app or on your visit to Churchill War Rooms when we reopen from 19 May 2021: bit.ly/3fGJEJ3

This week we've welcomed visitors back to the first of our sites this year. At Duxford Outdoors, you can walk the histor...
16/04/2021

This week we've welcomed visitors back to the first of our sites this year. At Duxford Outdoors, you can walk the historic grounds of the airfield that played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in twentieth century history.

Members go free to Duxford Outdoors and will have unlimited free entry to all of our sites (inside and out!) once they reopen in full - including Churchill War Rooms.

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

This week we've welcomed visitors back to the first of our sites this year. At Duxford Outdoors, you can walk the historic grounds of the airfield that played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in twentieth century history.

Members go free to Duxford Outdoors and will have unlimited free entry to all of our sites (inside and out!) once they reopen in full - including Churchill War Rooms.

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

Timeline Photos
09/04/2021

Timeline Photos

We at Imperial War Museums (IWM) were deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and would like to express our condolences to all his family.

IWM is hugely grateful to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for the generous support and interest that he has taken in IWM during his lifetime.

In November 1966 he accompanied HM The Queen as she opened the Cinema at IWM London and he has been a welcomed visitor on a number of occasions to our other sites.

Considering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s longstanding service in the Royal Navy, we were particularly honoured to welcome him to HMS Belfast in 2007 and again in 2010, when he attended the dedication of the ship’s new masts in a ceremony with veterans and officials from the Russian embassy and government.

“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would s...
06/04/2021

“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would see him again...”

No emails, no text messages, no social media posts. No contact or way of knowing.

In September 1915, Percy Morter left for France with the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, leaving his wife, Kitty, at home in Manchester. Percy went on to fight in The Battle of the Somme.

Subscribe to our eNews to hear Kitty’s agonising story of being left behind to wonder and wait. Sign up by Monday 12 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Tuesday 13 April: http://ow.ly/1Zoc50EhSp8

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“…I would wonder what he was doing and if he was thinking about me. And wondering how he was going on and when I would see him again...”

No emails, no text messages, no social media posts. No contact or way of knowing.

In September 1915, Percy Morter left for France with the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, leaving his wife, Kitty, at home in Manchester. Percy went on to fight in The Battle of the Somme.

Subscribe to our eNews to hear Kitty’s agonising story of being left behind to wonder and wait. Sign up by Monday 12 April to get the story delivered to your inbox on Tuesday 13 April: http://ow.ly/1Zoc50EhSp8

© IWM Q 857

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.If you have...
05/04/2021

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

If you haven’t got involved yet, you still can - join the conversation:

• Add your own photo and placard to the comments box
• Leave a comment about your favourite memory or what you miss most
• Tag your favourite museum
• Tag friends & family you miss going to museums with

Find out more: bit.ly/3m8WTFN

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we asked you if you’ve been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

If you haven’t got involved yet, you still can - join the conversation:

• Add your own photo and placard to the comments box
• Leave a comment about your favourite memory or what you miss most
• Tag your favourite museum
• Tag friends & family you miss going to museums with

Find out more: bit.ly/3m8WTFN

Today marks 37 years since  Churchill War Rooms first opened to the public. On April 4th 1984, Prime Minister Margaret T...
04/04/2021

Today marks 37 years since Churchill War Rooms first opened to the public. On April 4th 1984, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced, 'This is a day to remember — a day to remember the men and women who lived and worked in these rooms in the sternest days of the war. A day to remember the efforts of those in recent years who worked so hard to open them to the public. Above all, a day to remember what these rooms mean to us: their special place in our history... it is with pride in our past, and confidence in our future, that I declare these War Rooms open.' We can't wait to welcome you back on site in the not too distant future.

Today marks 37 years since Churchill War Rooms first opened to the public. On April 4th 1984, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced, 'This is a day to remember — a day to remember the men and women who lived and worked in these rooms in the sternest days of the war. A day to remember the efforts of those in recent years who worked so hard to open them to the public. Above all, a day to remember what these rooms mean to us: their special place in our history... it is with pride in our past, and confidence in our future, that I declare these War Rooms open.' We can't wait to welcome you back on site in the not too distant future.

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.Have you been #Missin...
02/04/2021

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

Have you been #MissingMuseums?

IWM employee, Poppy from London says: “Getting back into the museum will feel like a bit of normality has ever so slightly returned"!

We'd love to know what you’ve missed most about not being able to visit and enjoy museums during lockdown. Join the conversation by adding your own photo or leave a comment - don't forget to tag the museum.

Find out more: bit.ly/3fFqdCi

With museums closed to the public until mid-May, we’ve really been #MissingMuseums during lockdown.

Have you been #MissingMuseums?

IWM employee, Poppy from London says: “Getting back into the museum will feel like a bit of normality has ever so slightly returned"!

We'd love to know what you’ve missed most about not being able to visit and enjoy museums during lockdown. Join the conversation by adding your own photo or leave a comment - don't forget to tag the museum.

Find out more: bit.ly/3fFqdCi

Looking for your next lockdown quiz theme? Test your knowledge of Britain's wartime leader with 'The Churchill Quiz Book...
01/04/2021

Looking for your next lockdown quiz theme?

Test your knowledge of Britain's wartime leader with 'The Churchill Quiz Book', by IWM's own Kieran Whitworth.

Coming soon to the IWM Shop: http://bit.ly/3wlBUUX

Looking for your next lockdown quiz theme?

Test your knowledge of Britain's wartime leader with 'The Churchill Quiz Book', by IWM's own Kieran Whitworth.

Coming soon to the IWM Shop: http://bit.ly/3wlBUUX

Whilst you wait for Churchill War Rooms to reopen on 19 May, experience the history at home using our audio-visual guide...
01/04/2021

Whilst you wait for Churchill War Rooms to reopen on 19 May, experience the history at home using our audio-visual guide, supported by Bloomberg Connects.

Discover the life and legacy of Winston Churchill with IWM curator Nigel Steel, hear stories from those who worked within the War Rooms, listen to the sounds of an air raid over London in 1940 and much more.

Download the free Churchill War Rooms guide on the Bloomberg Connects app now: https://bit.ly/2PKOv2U

Whilst you wait for Churchill War Rooms to reopen on 19 May, experience the history at home using our audio-visual guide, supported by Bloomberg Connects.

Discover the life and legacy of Winston Churchill with IWM curator Nigel Steel, hear stories from those who worked within the War Rooms, listen to the sounds of an air raid over London in 1940 and much more.

Download the free Churchill War Rooms guide on the Bloomberg Connects app now: https://bit.ly/2PKOv2U

Have you seen Channel 5's new 6-part documentary on Winston Churchill? The series features archive gems from the Boer Wa...
31/03/2021

Have you seen Channel 5's new 6-part documentary on Winston Churchill?

The series features archive gems from the Boer War and amateur colour footage of Churchill’s funeral, all of which can be explored via IWM’s dedicated film website.

Discover more: bit.ly/3m5Nxum

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Have you seen Channel 5's new 6-part documentary on Winston Churchill?

The series features archive gems from the Boer War and amateur colour footage of Churchill’s funeral, all of which can be explored via IWM’s dedicated film website.

Discover more: bit.ly/3m5Nxum

© IWM MH 26392

The Suez Canal was in the news this week after the giant container ship Ever Given blocked this busy trade route.Did you...
29/03/2021

The Suez Canal was in the news this week after the giant container ship Ever Given blocked this busy trade route.

Did you know, this is not the first time this important link between Asia and Europe has been blocked.

In November 1956, the canal was closed to traffic for five months while the Royal Navy aided clearing a blockade of shipping, deliberately sunk by the Egyptian Government in a protest response for the nationalisation of the trade route water-way.

What became known as the Suez Crisis led to economic panic in Britain. You can read more about the conflict here: https://bit.ly/3sympGO

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The Suez Canal was in the news this week after the giant container ship Ever Given blocked this busy trade route.

Did you know, this is not the first time this important link between Asia and Europe has been blocked.

In November 1956, the canal was closed to traffic for five months while the Royal Navy aided clearing a blockade of shipping, deliberately sunk by the Egyptian Government in a protest response for the nationalisation of the trade route water-way.

What became known as the Suez Crisis led to economic panic in Britain. You can read more about the conflict here: https://bit.ly/3sympGO

© IWM MH 23543

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob HopeOn 3 July 1943, ...
25/03/2021

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob Hope

On 3 July 1943, famous comedian Bob Hope and forces sweetheart singer Frances Langford visited RAF Duxford to entertain the US Air Force. But the tragedy that struck the 78th Fighter Group just two days prior made for a very sombre audience.

Subscribe to IWM’s eNews by Wednesday 31 March to be sent the 78th Fighter Group’s story to your inbox on Thursday 1 April. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/jHoL50E8wQy

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“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?” – Bob Hope

On 3 July 1943, famous comedian Bob Hope and forces sweetheart singer Frances Langford visited RAF Duxford to entertain the US Air Force. But the tragedy that struck the 78th Fighter Group just two days prior made for a very sombre audience.

Subscribe to IWM’s eNews by Wednesday 31 March to be sent the 78th Fighter Group’s story to your inbox on Thursday 1 April. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/jHoL50E8wQy

© IWM HU 57979

How did life above ground carry on during the Blitz? From Fire Service members practising with their hoses in St James' ...
19/03/2021

How did life above ground carry on during the Blitz? From Fire Service members practising with their hoses in St James' Park, to the 'Annexe Flat' the Churchill family moved into (pictured here) after a lucky escape from a bomb in October 1940, the Bloomberg Connects digital guide shows you the world above the War Rooms, as well as what was happening inside them. Download the Bloomberg Connects app here: https://app.bloombergconnects.org/cwrorganicsocial

How did life above ground carry on during the Blitz? From Fire Service members practising with their hoses in St James' Park, to the 'Annexe Flat' the Churchill family moved into (pictured here) after a lucky escape from a bomb in October 1940, the Bloomberg Connects digital guide shows you the world above the War Rooms, as well as what was happening inside them. Download the Bloomberg Connects app here: https://app.bloombergconnects.org/cwrorganicsocial

Duxford Outdoors will open to the public from 12 April 2021. Explore the mile-long grounds of IWM Duxford and discover t...
18/03/2021

Duxford Outdoors will open to the public from 12 April 2021.

Explore the mile-long grounds of IWM Duxford and discover the stories behind the historic site with our self-guided trail

Find out more and book now: http://bit.ly/33kTWK7

We're pleased to announce that from 12 April 2021, Duxford Outdoors will be open to the public.

Explore the mile-long grounds of IWM Duxford and discover the stories behind the historic site with our self-guided trail. Get up close to the huge hangars and marvel at the award-winning structure of the American Air Museum. Experience Duxford Outdoors and uncover hidden gems you might miss during a regular museum visit.

Find out more and book today: bit.ly/33kTWK7

Duxford Outdoors will be open to the public at a reduced ticket price. IWM Members receive free entry. We strongly recommend booking in advance but walk up tickets are available.

In line with government guidelines, the museum remains closed and only outdoor spaces are accessible.

Address

Clive Steps, King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
Sunday 09:30 - 19:00

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+442074165000

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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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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.
Thank you, I visited in january, Great work, A big salute from Argentina, Brilliant Wiston Churchill for ever!!!