The Churchill Centre
The Churchill Centre is the most comprehensive Churchill site on the Internet. Its website includes news and current events, Churchill facts and speeches, even a section on "leading Churchill myths." Critical articles are published alongside those praising Sir Winston. The Centre's journal, Finest Hour, and other publications, are posted here. There is a search engine to index hundreds of articles on every Churchill subject. This is a useful site to send students for their research projects.
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill visited the Cabinet War Rooms to see for himself what preparations had been made to allow him and his War Cabinet to continue working throughout the expected air raids on London. Here in the underground Cabinet Room, he directed crucial wartime cabinet meetings when air raids became hazardous. The War Rooms, first opened to the public in the 1980s, have now acquired considerably more of their original area, which houses The Churchill Museum, the world's first major museum dedicated to life of Winston Churchill. The Learning department offers videoconference sessions about World War II for schools. Also offered is an interactive Churchill Speech Player. One can hear an entire speech, investigate its context, and view commentary and historical documents.
Churchill and the Great Republic - A Library of Congress Exhibit
The exhibition came decades after Churchill's death in 1965 and was even further removed from the D-Day allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France in 1944, during World War II. It commemorates both of these events. This exhibit was "live" in 2005 and now resides online. Exceptional site.
Churchill: the Evidence, A Chronicle of the Life and Times of Sir Winston Churchill with Educational Resources
This joint project of The Churchill Archives Centre and the National Library of Scotland provides a good basic outline of Churchill's life with photographs and primary documents.
Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University
Home to the papers of Sir Winston Churchill and to over 570 collections of personal papers and archives documenting the history of the Churchill era and after. The Churchill Papers consist of the original documents sent, received or composed by Winston Churchill during the course of his long and active life. The Churchill Papers comprise an estimated 1 million individual documents, catalogued in a project lasting over six years. This catalogue, containing over 70,000 entries, is now available online. You can find out more about the collection in the area of this site dedicated to the Papers:
Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy
The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is a non-partisan charitable organization that honors the life of Sir Winston S. Churchill by advancing the cause of Parliamentary democracy in Canada. Its events present awards to prominent Americans and Canadians who have advanced Churchill's principles of democracy.
Winston Churchill Memorial & Library in the U.S.
The Memorial is on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, site of Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech. It was founded in 1969 and housed within the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 12th century London church, redesigned by Sir Christopher Wren in 1677, that was relocated to Fulton after suffering badly in the London Blitz. The undercroft of this beautiful building is a museum of artifacts and information relating to the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill. New interpretive exhibits tell his story, concentrating on World War II and the 1946 Fulton speech. Other world leaders who spoken here include Presidents Reagan, Ford, and Bush; British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Polish President Lech Walesa; and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Websites of Locations Central to Churchill's Life
Bladon lies on the south side of Blenheim Park with many quaint cottages. St Martin's Church is a Victorian reconstruction of 1894 on the site of an earlier church rebuilt in 1801. In January 1965 Sir Winston Churchill was buried in the churchyard at the head of the grave of Lady Randolph Churchill, his mother. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, is buried alongside.
In reward for his services in defending Holland and Austria from invasion by the French in the early 1700s, a grateful Queen Anne granted to John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, the Royal Manor of Woodstock. The house was called Blenheim after the Duke's most famous victory, in 1704, during the war of Spanish Succession. In 1874 Blenheim became the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Special exhibitions educate visitors on the inspiration that Churchill took from his illustrious ancestor, and his long connections with this famous house.
During World War II, Germany's top secret codes were broken at Bletchley Park, providing the Allies with vital information towards their war effort. Situated 50 miles northwest of London, the site played host to a diverse group of code breakers. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, they successfully read enemy codes, often within a few hours of the messages being received. Colossus, the world's first semi-programmable computer, was invented here. Bletchley Park offers a wide range of exhibits and special events catering for cryptography experts and the merely curious.
The home of Winston Churchill from 1922 through his death in 1965 is the leading Churchill shrine in the world. The house where he composed and wrote many of his books, speeches and paintings has an unrivaled collection of Churchill art, photographs and memorabilia. Since the Churchills were unpretentious, Chartwell is a "livable" house in which the visitor feels at home rather than overawed by grandeur. The grounds include beautiful rose and water gardens commissioned by the Churchills. Nearby are countryside walks with stunning views over the Weald of Kent to the English Channel. Churchill once said, "I bought Chartwell for that view." On another occasion he mused, "A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted."
Books and Other Stuff
Many books by and about Churchill are available on the second-hand market. There are also specialty sellers.
Savrola: A Pictorial Bibliography of Winston S. Churchill
A Churchill Centre affiliated site, Savrola, is intended to provide as complete a pictorial bibliographic reference to the written works of Winston S. Churchill as possible. Browse the articles, or search for images of the books.
Winston S. Churchill: The Official Biography
Original volumes of the biography (now at 24 volumes and still not complete, the longest biography ever written) are out of print, and prices continue to rise on the second-hand market. Fortunately Hillsdale College Press is undertaking the publication of new editions.
Although primarily a bookseller website, Chartwell Booksellers in New York City regularly hosts speakers on Churchill topics. On the site is A Collector ‘s Guide to Winston Churchill's Books, containing a detailed description of all his titles and editions, along with notes about the book and excerpts from contemporary reviews.
WSC Books: The Churchill Book Specialist
This online seller likely has the largest stock of Churchill material anywhere, from the most rare first editions to "reading copies." Inquire.
Winston Churchill Shop
When Sir Winston's great-grandson, Jack Churchill, heard that a fresh wave of Churchill painting products were to be created, he decided to create an online Churchill shop, selling everything relating to Churchill but with a particular focus on his paintings.
Memorials to Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill Foundation
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States was established in 1959 as an expression of American admiration for Churchill. With the endorsement of Sir Winston, the Foundation undertook to encourage the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of ideas in science and technology between the United States and Great Britain through two programs: (1) The Churchill Scholarship Program to enable outstanding American students to do graduate work at Churchill College, Cambridge; (2) The Churchill Fellowship Program, offered in the Foundation's early years, to enable American professors to spend a period of time in research at Churchill College. In addition the Foundation raised funds from American admirers of Sir Winston to construct the Archives Center at Churchill College. It also confers the Winston Churchill Award from time to time upon men and women of great achievement. To date, recipients of the Award include W. Averill Harriman, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, H. Ross Perot, and former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
The Trust is a living tribute to Sir Winston, whose example is the inspiration. Many thousands of people, in respect for the man and grateful for his inspired leadership, gave generously to a public subscription to fund Traveling Fellowships. The Fellowships are to enable men and women from all walks of life to acquire knowledge and experience abroad. Churchill Fellows can be of any age and in any occupation. Past award winners have included nurses, artists, scientists, engineers, farmers, conservationists, careers, craft workers, artisans, members of the emergency services, and sportsmen and women.