On May 10, 1940, Britain’s new prime minister strode purposefully down to the basement of an anonymous government building and entered a top secret command center. This, growled Winston Churchill, is the room from which I will run the war.
At the wars end, Churchill and his colleagues left the chamber and locked the door behind them and the War Rooms remained there, untouched and little known, until the early 1980s. Today, those historic chambers are on display as the Churchill War Rooms exhibit. With Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms, you can go behind the glass partitions that separate the War Rooms from the visiting public, bringing listeners closer than ever before to where Churchill not only ran the war but won it.
Go behind closed doors to sit at Churchill’s desk, open up long-abandoned drawers and sift through seventy-year old papers. See the anxious scratches on the arms of Sir Winston’s chair, pick up the phone that he used to speak to the president of the United States, and examine the map that loomed over his bed as he took his famous afternoon naps. Including first-hand memories of Churchill as a leader, a boss, a father, a husband, and a man, Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms tells the fascinating story of the work carried out in these underground offices.