Churchill 2015 - 50th Anniversary events and activity

Churchill 2015 LogoChurchill 2015 is a unique international celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, fifty years after his death.

Churchill-related activity is taking place around the world to commemorate his achievements, to highlight his vibrant existing legacy, to promote a range of educational opportunities and to bring his life and work to new audiences.

To mark our 50th anniversary, we awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships, which brings the total awarded since 1965 to over 5000.

There are many exciting events for Fellows and the public to celebrate Churchill's life and legacy: 

January - November Death of a Hero exhibition Chartwell
20th January Launch of Churchill 2015 and Churchill Central website  
23rd January Churchill: Science in War and Peace exhibition  Science Museum, London
24th January 50th Anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s Death  
30th January Havengore Journey   Tower of London to Festival Pier
30th January Evensong at Westminster Abbey  Westminster Abbey
30th January -3rd May Churchill’s Final Journey exhibition  National Railway Museum, York

1st February

50th Anniversary of WCMT  
15th February  Opening of Churchill exhibition  Blenheim Palace

3rd March

Launch of Global Leaders Programme and Seminar Churchill War Rooms, London


Thameslea Association event  Knebworth House
10th April Opening of De Gaulle/Churchill Exhibition Paris  Musée de l’Armée, Paris
25th April North West Association event  Museum of Military Life, Carlisle
25th April  Scottish Association event  The Scottish Seabird Centre
9th & 10th May South West Association event  Plymouth
26th-29th May International Churchill Conference  Oxfordshire
27th May Fellows’ Day at Blenheim Palace  Blenheim Palace
29th May The Churchill Memorial Concerts  Blenheim Palace
31st May BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal (7.55am & repeated at 9.26pm)  
4th June BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal (repeated at 3.27pm)  
6th June Northern Ireland Association event
Glenarm Castle
9th June Official opening of the Churchill Memorial Garden   Blenheim Palace
11th June East Anglia Association event  Thetford
26th June House of Lords Tea 1  London
27th June East Midlands Association event  Bentley Priory
3rd October Wales Association event  National Museum, Cardiff
17th October East Pennine Association event  National Railway Museum, York
13th October Global Leaders Programme media event Churchill War Rooms, London
5th November Northern Ireland Association Annual dinner Belfast Harbour Commission
6th November House of Lords Tea 2  London


Churchill 2015 follows three main themes:

  • Commemoration: to mark this important anniversary appropriately
  • Education: to engage and inspire future generations
  • Legacy: to highlight, develop and enhance the existing work of Churchill organisations in delivering programmes focusing on leadership, debate and public speaking

Churchill 2015 is being led by an alliance of those charities and institutions with an interest in the life or legacy of Sir Winston. To see a list of partners and find out more, see the Churchill Central website.