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In 2017, the Queen Mary purchased the Churchill War Rooms set from the film 'Darkest Hour'. The War Rooms exhibit is now part of the Queen Mary's 'Their Finest Hours' exhibit aboard the famous liner.
THEIR FINEST HOURS
The Churchill War Rooms were recreated as a movie set for the film 'Darkest Hour' starring Gary Oldman. The Queen Mary purchased the set which is now on display aboard the ship in Long Beach, California. The original Churchill War Rooms in London were used by Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the Second World War. He used them as his underground bunker for the cabinet meetings of the British Government. The Churchill Museum is also on the same site and is part of the Imperial War Museums, London.
Visit the recreation of the secret WWII bunker that tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy.
INTERNATIONAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY
Help us keep the memory of Winston Churchill alive.
The International Churchill Society (ICS) is a membership and educational organisation with the mission to keep the memory of Winston Churchill alive and keep the record accurate. ICS members receive our quarterly journal 'Finest Hour', The Journal of Winston Churchill.
The Queen Mary was an oceangoing liner of Cunard Lines, that was retired in 1967. She is now used as a conference centre and hotel. Historical tours are given and now include the recreation ﬁlm set of the Churchill War Rooms. Many historical artefacts are part of the exhibit aboard the famous liner.
With our vision to develop an interactive museum and science center that will dedicate approximately 65,000 square feet to educational classrooms, 4D theater, and museum-quality exhibition spaces for in-house curated installations as well as traveling shows we hope to continue to restore, preserve and present the Queen Mary, its archival collection and educational areas that focus on the sciences
The Queen Mary is now permanently moored in Long Beach, California.
‘Darkest Hour’ is a ﬁlm starring Gary Oldman that was released in December 2017 and depicts the ﬁrst days of Churchill as Prime Minister in May of 1940. The Queen Mary purchased the ﬁlm set of the Churchill War Rooms which is now exhibited on board the famous luxury liner.
Click the button to watch the oﬃcial ﬁlm trailer.
Never in the whole history of Atlantic travel has so lavish provision been made for those who travel "tourist."
WINSTON S CHURCHILL
THE HISTORY OF QUEEN MARY
From the time her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland, the Queen Mary was destined to stand in a class all her own.
27 May 1936
The Queen Mary takes her maiden voyage.
World War II
As World War II started, the Queen Mary was transformed into a troopship. She was painted a camouflaged grey colour and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the 'Grey Ghost' because of her stealth and stark colour, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at once.
Crossing the Atlantic
1943 - 44
Winston Churchill traveled across the Atlantic Ocean during World War II aboard the Queen Mary three times; May 1943, July 1943 and September 1944. Churchill always boarded at Gourock, Scotland, near the mouth of the Clyde, in evening hours to lessen the chances that his movements would become known to the enemy. The Queen Mary most often traveled alone, as her top speed, over 30 knots, was far faster than convoy vessels—or the German U-boats.
‘Iron Curtain' Speech
Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine traveled back to England after his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Missouri.
As Prime Minster again, Winston Churchill traveled for the final time aboard the Queen Mary to New York. He traveled to see President Truman and President-elect Eisenhower. Lunching and dining in the posh, extra-cost Verandah Grill, he spent New Year’s Day in mid-Atlantic. Two weeks later, he flew home from New York.
Long Beach, California
31 October 1967
The Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on 9 December 1967