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11 December 2015

Winston Churchill National Leadership Award

Winston S ChurchillOn December 1st 2015, in Freedom Foyer at The U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, House Speaker Paul Ryan presented Senator Joe Lieberman with the Winston Churchill National Leadership Award. 

The following are the remarks and messages from the award ceremony. 


Mr. Speaker, I thank you and The Churchill Centre for this award and for the generosity of spirit and word with which you have presented it. Congratulations on becoming Speaker. As you take on your new, challenging responsibilities, may I respectfully offer you this advice often attributed to Winston Churchill, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

To know how much receiving this award means to me, you would have to be me.

Since I started reading history and biography a long time ago, Winston Churchill has been a hero of mine. His words and deeds helped inspire my interest in public service and taught me what true leadership is. And his words also often made me laugh.  Churchill once famously said he was confident history would treat him well because he intended to write it.  History has treated him very well and not just because of what he wrote.

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1 December 2015
Churchill celebrates his 80th birthday on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament in 1954. 

13 November 2015

Watch Highlights from the 21st Century Global Leaders Programme

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27 October 2015

Donation from philanthropist makes Sir Winston Churchill Archive free for schools worldwide 


The acclaimed Churchill Archive, published by Bloomsbury, is now free for the first time for schools worldwide thanks to the generous donation of $1 million made by US-based, British businessman and philanthropist Laurence Geller CBE.

Laurence Geller is a long time financial supporter of the Churchill Centre, and has served as its Chairman since January 2007. Mr. Geller, who is also leading the funding and development of the United States National Churchill Library and Centre  in Washington DC, due to open in 2016, said of his donation:  

"We live in an increasingly fast changing, fragile and volatile world and, as such, the timeless lessons to be learned from the long and varied life of Sir Winston Churchill have never been more needed or relevant than today. As the dramatic events of the first half of the twentieth century fade from everyday memory, we cannot risk Churchill and his lessons becoming a mere footnote in history.  

We must enable generations of schoolchildren to have tailored learning programs about this great leader, whose career influenced so many facets of both British Society and the democracies of the civilized world. As these schoolchildren's careers blossom and flourish the Churchill lessons they have learned will in turn influence them to better their own societies. I am truly both humbled and privileged to provide the financial support that makes the archives and the learning modules globally available at no cost to schools and students." 

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14 October 2015

Commemorating Churchill 2015

In May 2015, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust UK (WCMT) held an Open Day for fellows of the Trust. Over 1,300 Churchill Fellows and their guests came together to mark the 50th anniversary at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston.

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4 October 2015

Author of First Lady discusses the two first ladies of the Second World War

Sonia Purnell spoke in May of 2015 at the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow's Day at Blenheim Palace. 

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4 October 2015
As part of the Churchill 2015 series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death in 1965, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust had a meeting of Fellow's Day at Blenheim Palace. Watch Churchill 2015 Committee Chairman Sir David Cannadine's talk on Churchill the Man

4 October 2015

In  May 2015, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust held a Fellows Day at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Trust By-Fellow a Graham Farmelo gave an insightful talk on Churchill and the nuclear age. 

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8 July 2015

New England students create Churchill documentary video

Massachusetts student Grant Griesman and his classmate, Nate Brennan recently created a documentary video on Sir Winston Churchill which was entered into the National History Day competition in the United States.

Both students will be entering the 8th grade this year at the Ottoson Middle School in Arlington, Massachusetts. They are also both active members of their schools National History Day Club.

Each year the contest is aligned with a specific theme. The theme this year was "Leadership and Legacy in History" for which they felt Winston Churchill was a perfect subject.

Nate and Grant took on this challenging competition in addition to all of their regular class work and did their extensive research during the school year from September to February. The entered their project in the Regional Competition and from there they went on to place 2nd in the state completion.

They also recently placed their entry into the National Competition.

If you would like more information on the contest, please visit the National History Day website.

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7 June 2015

Watch Boris Johnson's 'Churchill Factor' Presentation at the 32nd International Churchill Conference in Oxfordshire

The Hon Boris Johnson MP and Mayor of London, was introduced to the speeches of Sir Winston Churchill from a very early age. He recalls his father reciting Churchill's speeches and used this as inspiration to write his recent book on Sir Winston Churchill. He identified what made Churchill great as the 'Churchill Factor'.

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