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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 

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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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3 June 2015

Tribute to Mary Soames

Address to the 32nd International Churchill Conference

By D. Craig Horn

I rise to pay tribute to our friend and our patron, Dame Mary, The Lady Soames. 

Lady SoamesLady Soames was “History’s Daughter” as proclaimed by Vogue magazine in August of 2012.  She took her responsibilities seriously and with aplomb, whether leading the 481 Battery in action at Hyde Park as a 20-year-old, or hosting a gala dinner party at the British Embassy in Paris (What Mary called “her posh life”) or Zimbabwe/Rhodesia, or dining with Roosevelt, Stalin or Truman, or accompanying her Papa on many of his travels.  She was also extremely proud to have chaired the National Theater where she got to know all of the cleaning ladies as well as the artistic aristocracy.  Mary met and dined with the greatest of the great.  In addition to Presidents, Czars and Kings, she was friends with Charlie Chaplin and Lawrence of Arabia, as Randy Barber and Laurence Geller, to name only a few of our own “glitterati.”

Mary Soames was a great giver; a giver of time, talent, warmth and model.  Her commitment to Chartwell, the National Trust, the Churchill Memorial trust, the Churchill Archives Centre and the National Theater was critical to their very existence as well as their longevity. 

Most of us came to know Lady Soames as the Patron of The Churchill Centre.  She attended many, in fact most, of the International Conferences such as this and was always front and center.  “Please don’t treat me like an old lady,” she would say, firmly turning down almost all offers of assistance. 

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