Exhibition Created by Danish Curator Back in Britain
For the last four years the Churchill photo and fact exhibition “Churchill´s Finest Hour 1940—1945” has been on the road. Niels Bjerre of Copenhagen, who has been a member of The Churchill Center for twenty years, created the exhibit, which was officially opened in May 2011 by The Lord Mayor of Bristol at Bristol Central Library. Churchill was the Chancellor of Bristol University.
The exhibit later moved to Portsmouth and then Bletchley Park in time to coincide with the seventieth anniversary of Churchill´s secret and only visit to “Station X” on 6 September 1941. The display also appeared at the twenty-eighth International Churchill Conference in London.
Since then it has been shown in sixteen Danish cities, and in the summer of 2013 it travelled to the war museum of Narvik, the Norwegian city closely associated with Churchill and the Second World War.
“It has been a success and quite a big tour,” says Bjerre. “With my previous exhibitions, I have normally been on tour for one year. But now, with Churchill, we are into a fifth year. The interest around Denmark, for instance, has been great, and people have made many nice comments. I thought it best to come back to England during 2015, a year with many important Churchill anniversaries, so I worked hard for getting into British venues.”
It starts on 2 March at Newcastle City Library with The Lord Mayor, George Pattison, attending the opening and reception.
In April it travels to Oldham City Library. “I am very happy that I can show the Churchill exhibition in a city which has strong connections with him,” says Bjerre. “Sean Baggeley from Gallery Oldham was of great help.” Churchill was first elected to Parliament in 1900 from Oldham.
The exhibit reaches Chartwell, Churchill´s home, in May. Bjerre describes it as, “a dream come true to come to the place which meant so much to Churchill and his family before and after the Second World War, though because off security risks he was not at Chartwell during his Finest Hour except for brief visits.”
“I am looking forward to finishing off this small UK tour at the 32nd International Churchill Conference at the Heythrop Park Hotel from 28-29 May,” says Bjerre. “But the tour will not conclude in England. I might go to Reykjavik, Iceland in August.”
Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
32th International Churchill Conference
Heythrop Park Hotel