Exhibition Churchill – de Gaulle at the Musée de l’Armée, Paris, France
This exhibition takes place within the framework of the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, from the 10th of April to the 26th of July 2015.
The exhibition, produced jointly by the Musée de l'Armée and the Fondation Charles de Gaulle, is under the patronage of Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
In this year of double commemoration, the exceptional destinies of these statesmen will be associated through an exhibition thought at the time as an homage to two major figures of the Second World War, and as a way to discover the public and private aspects of these extraordinary personalities.
Servicemen and politicians, they also were writers, orators and even, in Churchill's case, a journalist and a painter.
The intersecting paths of these major figures – both allies and enemy brothers – will be explored through objects, paintings, uniforms and archives, some of which hitherto unpublished, for the first time collected and displayed.
A set of multimedia devices designed for the exhibition will reconstitute the military and historic context.
A chronological path
The voices of the two men and the signing of the Munich agreements welcome the visitor. Then starts a chronological path beginning with their birth, childhood, youth and career choices; their common experience of the Great War, the inter-war political and strategic positions and finally, the meeting between the two men on 9 June 1940.
The various episodes in the war recall their relations, sometimes cordial sometimes stormy, and that both of them recount in their memoirs. The exhibition continues on to the Cold War and the construction of Europe to ends with the tribute De Gaulle paid to Churchill, who he made a Companion of the Liberation.
One of the most important events in the 50th anniversary
To organise this event, the Musée de l’Armée and the Fondation Charles de Gaulle had the backing of a large number of partners, including the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge and the Musée de l’ordre de la Libération. Seven years after the inauguration of the Historial Charles de Gaulle which, in the meantime, has been visited by almost 900,000 people, the Churchill-de Gaulle exhibition will suggest an original itinerary, closely linked to the various areas in the Musée de l’Armée.
An adapted path for young audiences
Interactive and special panels punctuate the exhibition so that children, from 9 years old, can explore the major themes relating to Churchill and de Gaulle. In this way, they will have the reading keys to discover and decipher the objects, posters or archives displayed. Furthermore, they will be offered a game book and guided tours.