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Churchill War Rooms

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“This is the room from which I will direct the war.” – Winston Churchill May 1940

Tense meetings and important decisions

View of the Cabinet Room in Churchill War Rooms with the room set up for a meeting
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Tense meetings and important decisions

The Cabinet Room is where Churchill, his key ministers, and advisers would meet with the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Stand inches away from the room where some of the most important decisions about the course of the war were made.

Feel the size of the room and imagine the pressure that filled it during the tense meetings. 115 Cabinet Meetings were held here during the Second World War.

Highlights

  • Churchill's Chair in Cabinet Room
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    Churchill’s Chair

    The wooden chair in the centre of the room belonged to the Prime Minister. Scratch marks on the arms show how strained the meetings could become.

  • Outside Cabinet Room
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    Secrecy was vital

    The room was heavily guarded. When cabinet meetings were in progress two locked doors blocked entry into the top secret room and a guard stood by each of the doors for extra protection.  

  • Queen Victoria Quote
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    Help from Queen Victoria

    Churchill had a quote card of the former monarch’s words placed directly in front of the Chiefs of Staff.

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Remington 'Noiseless' Typewriter.
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