Presenting the new Churchill medallion

Published: 13 Apr 2015

Author: Helen Aherne
Presenting the new Churchill medallion

We are delighted to present the new Winston Churchill Memorial Trust medallion, which will be presented to our Churchill Fellows from 2015 onwards.

The medallion is designed by world renowned architectural artist, Brian Clarke, who is himself a Churchill Fellow of 1974, a Trustee and a member of our Advisory Council.

Brian presented the Queen with the first edition of the new medallion, at our 50th anniversary Patron's reception at Buckingham Palace in March.

The medal refers back to cloisonné enamelling, the craft that many believe to have been the precursor of stained glass. Cloisonne is a technique for decorating metal objects. The decoration is formed by adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel.

Brian explains:

'It is intended to glow with the reflected light of the silver through the transparent vitreous enamel. The digitised image of Sir Winston is drawn from the iconic portrait by celebrated photographer Yousuf Karsh, which was taken in 1941'.

The medal is made of solid sterling silver, hallmarked at the leading London Assay Office, and filled with transparent blue vitreous enamel.  The medallion weighs 77g.

Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, says:

'It is fitting that our new Churchill medallion has been designed by Brian. His Fellowship in 1974 was the beginning of a prestigious career, which has influenced and shaped modern day stained glass work and architectural artistry.'

The new medallion will be presented to Fellows at a ceremony (which is held every two years), in recognition of completing their Fellowship and submitting their report.

For further information, see Brian Clarke's website.