Churchill momentos, including last picture of leader, go on display

The items include the last photograph taken of Churchill before he died. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A host of personal items from Sir Winston Churchill's family have gone on display for the first time at his old country home as Britain marks the 50th anniversary of his death.

The mementos include the last-ever photograph taken of the wartime leader before he died aged 90 in London on January 24, 1965.

Family invitations to his state funeral six days after his death and messages of sorrow from the US Senate and the House of Representatives are also displayed along with 'Operation Hope Not', the ex-prime minister's meticulous state funeral plans, which were set in train in 1959 by the Duke of Norfolk.

An invitation and general instructions for the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Around 50 of the 60 objects on display are never-before-seen items which form part of an exhibition, called 'Death Of A Hero', at the National Trust-run Chartwell in Kent.

The exhibition has five themes - Churchill's passing, the aftermath, the funeral, his legacy and remembering him.

Jock VI, the current cat in residence, next to a bust of Sir Winston Churchill. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Another reminder of Churchill at Chartwell is Jock, the sixth marmalade cat to live at the house after Churchill insisted one should always live there "in comfortable residence".

Jock VI has become a minor celebrity, with his own Facebook page and receives donations of gifts, including packets of tuna, from visitors.