Randolph Churchill opens a new permanent exhibition in the Wolfson Foyer telling the story of our remarkable founder and his unique foundation

2nd February 2016 in Archives Centre, News and Events, Our Collections

Opening of the College Archives display

Photos from the opening of the exhibition by Randolph Churchill on 4 December 2015.

Churchill: Founder & Foundation is now open to the public.

Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, opened Churchil: Founder and Foundation on 4 December 2015 — a new permanent exhibition at Churchill College that looks at the life of Sir Winston and the foundation of the College, including some of its notable scientists.

The exhibition is situated in the heart of the College in the foyer of the Wolfson Hall and features rare private film footage alongside images of key documents from the Churchill Archives Centre.

Opening of Founder & Foundation exhibition. Photo: Gavin Bateman

Funded by a generous donation from alumnus and Benefactor Fellow, Dr Tony Wild and his wife, Anna, the exhibition hopes to provide a valuable resource for members of the College community and visitors that tells the story of the College's remarkable founder and his unique foundation.

In his speech at the opening of the exhibition, Randolph Churchill said:

“.. it introduces my great grandfather to a general audience in a very visual and engaging way, through the cartoons, photographs and documents of the Churchill Archives Centre and through his spoken words. But it also links to him, through his interest in science and through the great achievements of those wartime scientists who helped fight what he called the 'Wizard War.'”

Staff at the Churchill Archives Centre worked with staff and Fellows across the College to curate the exhibition. Director of the Archives Centre, Allen Packwood said:

“It is wonderful to have a resource that is open to all, and which makes some of the treasures of the Archives Centre available to all College members and visitors.”

The opening was featured on Cambridge TV, who attended the opening and put together a feature on the exhibition — including interviews with Randolph Churchill and the Director of the Archives Centre, Allen Packwood.

Cambridge TV at the opening of Founder & Foundation

Churchil: Founder and Foundation is be open to the public from Monday to Sunday, 9am–7pm, unless there is an event taking place in the adjacent lecture theatre. To check opening hours ahead of a visit, please contact The Porters Lodge on T: 01223 336000.

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