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Churchill's museum house restored

Winston Churchill
Churchill lived at Chartwell from 1922 until his death in 1965.

A museum at Sir Winston Churchill's former home in Kent has been restored to its original interior design.

The colour scheme was originally chosen by his wife Lady Churchill when the museum opened, based on window displays in London at the time of his death.

The National Trust which runs the museum at Chartwell near Westerham, has also added new photographs to displays.

Vicky Stubb, house manager at Chartwell, described the restored designs as "psychedelic".

'Crystal balls'

Churchill lived in Chartwell for more than 40 years, from 1922 until his death in 1965.

The museum opened a year later, in 1966, and is comprised of two rooms.

In the Museum Room, visitors can see gifts and trophies given to Churchill, including a set of crystal balls which came from Joseph Stalin.

The Uniform Room displays clothes and costumes which Churchill wore, and now has accompanying photographs.

The museum also hosts a number of Churchill's paintings.




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