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Cabinet War Rooms & Churchill Museum

  • Feb 23, 2014 · 1:30 PM
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Come along on Sunday 23rd February at 1:30pm to visit the Cabinet War Rooms and the Churchill Museum.

About the Cabinet War Rooms & Churchill Museum

With war impending, in June 1938 a secret underground complex was built under the Treasury building to house the British Government's command centre during the war.  After the war finished, it was immediately bricked up and forgotten about.  When it was rediscovered in the 1970's, it was as if the people working there had just left, with half drunk cups of tea, cigarettes in ashtrays and half written documents.

Churchill’s wartime bunker is a fascinating piece of living history; an underground maze of rooms that once buzzed with round-the-clock planning and plotting, strategies and secrets.  As you explore the historic rooms for yourself, you can imagine what life would have been like during the tense days and nights of the Second World War.

You’ll begin your journey at the War Cabinet Room, where Churchill and his inner circle plotted the war. See the chair in which Churchill presided over meetings, the scratch marks on the arms bearing witness to the intense pressure he was under at these times.

As you go deeper into the warren of rooms, you’ll discover how life and work continued underground, from top-secret conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt in the Transatlantic Telephone Room to more domestic concerns in the Churchills’ Kitchen.

In the Map Room, the informational hub of the entire site, everything has remained exactly as it was when the lights were finally switched off on 16 August 1945. The so-called ‘beauty chorus’ of colour-coded telephones; the books and documents piled on desks; the rationed sugar cubes found in an envelope belonging to Wing Commander John Heagarty; the wartime maps covering the walls, and the thousands of tiny pinholes dotting the progress of Allied ships across the Convoy Map.

Right next door to the Map Room, you’ll find Churchill’s Room, an office-bedroom boasting the most comfortable living conditions within the bunker. Churchill only slept overnight in this room on three occasions, but he did make four of his wartime speeches from the desk here, including his 11 September 1940 speech warning of Hitler’s plan to wage a war of terror against the United Kingdom.

In the Churchill Museum, you can uncover the man behind the image and the only major museum in the world dedicated to the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. Using cutting-edge technology and multimedia displays, Churchill’s story is brought to life, starting at the high point of his career – his appointment as Prime Minister on 10 May 1940.

Hear extracts from Churchill’s rousing wartime speeches as you stand on the squares to activate Churchill’s voice delivering now-familiar phrases such as ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’ and ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’. Nearby stands the original No. 10 door that Churchill walked through after becoming Prime Minister.

Group entry is £14 per person, payable on the day.  There is lots to see and the visit is self guided using an audio guide which is included in the price.

Afterwards we will head to The Silver Cross pub, 33 Whitehall for a chat over a drink.

If you can't see us outside the station, please call or text.

Look out for the group sign:

Hope to see you there!

Robert
[masked]

 



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  • Bea

    It was great! Thank you for organising.

    February 25, 2014

  • Morgane

    Hi Robert, really sorry I did not make it. I have been wanting to visit this place for quite some time but had too much on I'm afraid. Hopefully there will be a repeat in the future, it looks very interesting.

    February 25, 2014

  • Robert

    Brilliant museum, been a few times before, but still a fantastic place to visit!

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    An amazing place - so small and compact you could imagine what it would be like when things were on red alert and buzzing with activity. Lost track of time in wonderment.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting.

    February 23, 2014

  • Ajan

    Quite an amazing experience to see the War Room with everything in place, from the kitchen pots to the maps with pin holes along with graphs on the wall. Spent close to 3 hours in the war room, lost track of time.

    February 23, 2014

  • Brennie-Sue

    very good

    February 23, 2014

  • Andria L.

    Really interesting and informative

    February 23, 2014

  • Alexis

    Was a great event - thanks again

    February 23, 2014

  • Kevin Q.

    V. Good!

    February 23, 2014

  • Kevin

    Sorry. Unable to come - Kevin

    February 23, 2014

  • isabelle

    I can t make it. Apologise

    February 23, 2014

  • Laurent F.

    Doesn't look like I'm gonna make this one, darn it

    February 23, 2014

  • Sophie H.

    Also not feeling well, sorry to miss this!

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, I've been ill the past couple of days and still not recovered :( I'll have to miss today.

    February 23, 2014

  • Sally

    Apologies. I am unable to make this today. Sadly, as I haven't been yet and I'm very interested. Next time! Have fun.

    February 23, 2014

  • Christine

    Unfortunately I have also caught the lurgy going around and won't make it today - really disappointed so hope this visit will be organised again.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, I have come down with some sort of lurgy and will have to give this a miss. Enjoy yourselves!

    February 22, 2014

  • terence f.

    Definitely worth a visit.

    February 22, 2014

  • Maree de W.

    Sorry. I am unable to attend tomorrow. Regards Maree

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - I am not able to make it on Sunday due to family commitment. Hope someone else can take my place.

    February 21, 2014

  • Kate G.

    Hi, I've just joined. Do I need to be a full member to come along on Sunday for the Churchill tour? Thanks!

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Dulce

    It's been a while, looking forward to being back at a culture seekers event :)

    February 18, 2014

  • Lorraine G.

    Hi Robert very sorry I can't make this event now.

    February 18, 2014

  • Sonja J.

    Hi Robert - sent an email to you to say I'd sprained my ankle so won't be able to make this one either. Hope I heal soon as I'm missing out on quite a bit. Enjoy the visit.

    February 17, 2014

  • Christine

    Oops, I posted my comments to the wrong meetup - it should be in the Army Museum from yesterday. I'm sure the Cabinet War Rooms will be fab too. Am looking forward to it.

    February 10, 2014

  • Ajan

    Looking forward to my first visit with this group.

    February 9, 2014

  • Christine

    This museum was a pleasant surpsise - I had been worried it would romanticise and promote war and the military but quite the opposite! Very well presented and some heartwrenching displays and exhibits. Wasn't able to take it all in in one visit so will have to return.

    February 9, 2014

  • Alim

    So excited!

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I am new to the group and looking forward to my first event - Cabinet War Rms 23 Feb. I shall arrange to pay my membership fee of £10 online in a few days. See you 23rd. Sarah

    February 8, 2014

  • Lisa

    I would have loved to join you; i've been wanting to go here for a while. unfortunately i am attending a course all that weekend. Enjoy!

    February 6, 2014

  • margaret

    Hi Robert, I'll renew my membership on 15th when I see you on the walk.

    February 6, 2014

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