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13 March 2016

Establishment of the Churchill Society of Tennessee

csoc-tcc-197Growing out of a group of admirers of Sir Winston Churchill in Franklin, Tennessee and its environs, the Churchill Society of Tennessee has been established as a Chapter affiliate of the Churchill Centre, an International Churchill Society of several thousand members.

This is a group of 'aficionados' (Free Dictionary definition: A person who likes, knows about, and appreciates and usually fervently pursues an interest or activity.) who can come together periodically to enjoy convivial conversation and gain a greater appreciation for THE MAN of the 20th Century, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill.

This is not a 'fan' club nor a group that fails to acknowledge that THE MAN, at times, had clay feet. Rather it is folks who would endorse what his now deceased daughter Lady Mary Soames's has said: 'To keep the memory green and the record accurate', also a motto of The Churchill Centre.

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21 February 2016

Celia and John Lee's book is being published in Russian

THE-CHURCHILLSWinston Churchill is arguably the most famous Briton, but a shroud of mystery still surrounds him and his family. Myths propagated by Winston's political enemies persist to this day, yet the truth is just as compelling. Celia and John Lee use never-before-seen archives to cut through the rumors and lies and get to the truth about the life of the prime minister and his relationship with his family.

Chock-full of intrigue and scandal, The Churchills finally sets the record straight regarding one of the world's greatest dynasties.

Уинстон Черчилль – это, пожалуй, величайший британец, но и он, и его семья все еще окутаны покровом тайны. Вымыслы, которые распространяли политические враги Уинстона, живы и по сей день, однако, правда привлекает к себе не меньшее внимание. Силия и Джон Ли, с помощью ранее неизвестных архивных материалов, пробились через паутину слухов и кривотолков, поведав правду о жизни бывшего премьер-министра и его отношений со своей семьей.

Эта книга о Черчиллях, до отказа наполненная интригами и скандальными историями, раз и навсегда расставляет все на свои места в отношении одной из величайших в мире семейных династий.

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1 February 2016

Long time friend of The Churchill Centre Sir Martin Gilbert passed away in February 2015.

Sir Martin Gilbert was Winston S Churchill's official biographer after having taken over from Churchill's son Randolph. He began work with Randolph in 1963 while still a student at Oxford University. They finished the first two of what was to be eight volumes together before Randolph died three years after his father in 1968. 

Six hundred people attended Sir Martin's memorial service which was held at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London on 24 November 2015.

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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

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