On Sunday, November 27, 2022, the Museum Store at America's National Churchill Museum is thrilled to participate in Museum Store Sunday, an annual holiday shopping day supporting cultural institutions and their stores. This year, more than 1,800 museum stores representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 24 countries, and five continents will celebrate Museum Store Sunday and offer unique gifts for the holiday season—with all purchases supporting its parent institution and the artisans and craftspeople who create many of the gifts found in museum stores.
Shoppers can look forward to Museum Store Sunday as the global annual day to Be a Patron – and shop conscientiously and support museum stores and their missions worldwide. While there is only one Museum Store Sunday each year, everyone is encouraged to Be a Patron of museums and museum stores all year round.
Use code BEAPATRON at checkout online or shop on-site for 15% off, November 25-28.
ANCM's 2022 limited edition holiday ornament features Winston Churchill's original painting Beach at Walmer, a recent gift to the Museum's permanent collection. The ornament is available for purchase from the Museum's gift shop online and in-store.
Winston Churchill began Beach at Walmer in 1938, a time when the threat of German military force loomed in Europe. As a member of parliament – but with no official position in Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s government – Churchill strongly opposed Britain’s policy of appeasement which was a policy that led to the Munich Agreement, a treaty signed by Chamberlain and other world leaders to allow the German annexation of parts of Czechoslovakia. Churchill’s repeated and stern warnings about the Nazi threat remained unheeded. In 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, and World War II began.
A Napoleonic-era canon dominates the foreground on the beach below Walmer Castle on the Kentish coast near Deal. This foreboding image is juxtaposed with the resolute figure of Churchill himself (with his unmistakable tuft of red hair) wading in the surf with members of his family. This scene is painted from a photograph recently discovered at the Studio Archives at Chartwell and is one of the few paintings in which Churchill’s art and politics overlap.
The historical significance of Walmer was likely known to Churchill as the place where, in 55 BCE, Julius Caesar invaded Britain. With the threat looming in 1938 of continued German advances, Churchill, a keen student of history, was well aware of the significance of Walmer. Walmer Castle was also the official residence of the Lord Warden of Clinique Ports, an honorary position held by Churchill from 1941. The first Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, also held this ceremonial post. Wellington lived at Walmer Castle and died there in 1852, giving the site – and this painting – additional meaning.
After the World War II, Churchill gave the painting to General Lord “Pug” Ismay, who served as Churchill’s chief military advisor during the war.
Full Holiday Schedule at the Museum
November 14: Orders open for 2022 holiday ornament featuring the original Churchill painting Beach at Walmer
November 25-28: Museum Store Sunday Sale
November 30 - January 6: Decorations in the Church
December 2, 6-8 pm: High Roads to the Holidays event
December 3: opening of Holiday in the Trenches exhibit by Westminster College Museum Studies students, Anson Cutts Gallery (preview during High Roads to the Holidays event)
December 4, 5-7 pm: 39th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury
December 8, 4-6 pm: 1914 Christmas Truce Interactive Historical Reenactment event led by Westminster College Museum Studies, Latshaw Plaza