Bulletin #77 - Nov 2014
London Mayor and Author of The Churchill Factor Will Be The Keynote Speaker at the 2015 International Churchill ConferenceMayor Boris Johnson The Churchill Centre UK has confirmed that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and author of the new book The Churchill Factor, will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd International Churchill Conference. The Mayor will speak at the Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire on the morning of Thursday, 28 May 2015. We hope you will join us for what promises to be one our most exciting conferences.
Royal Mint Is Striking Churchill's Image2015 Churchill Crown
The Royal Mint has announced a new £5 pound coin featuring Churchill's image that will be issued next year in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the death of Britain's war-time leader. This will be only the second time that Churchill has appeared on a legal tender coin issued by the United Kingdom. Following his death in January 1965 at the age of 90, a commemorative crown of 5 shillings was issued that marked the first time ever that a commoner appeared on British coinage.
The 11th Duke of Marlborough Was a Godson of Winston Churchill and Honorary Member of The Churchill Centre11th Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace
The Churchill Centre lost one of its oldest friends last month with the death of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. The Duke passed away peacefully at Blenheim Palace on October 16th at the age of eighty-eight. He was a first cousin twice removed of Winston Churchill as well as being a godson of the prime minister. His Grace was a longtime honorary member of The Churchill Centre and hosted our members on tours of his home, which was the birthplace of his famous godfather. Richard M. Langworth has written a full tribute to the Duke that will appear in the next issue of our quarterly journal Finest Hour.
New Book About The State Funeral of Sir Winston S. Churchill
Available Exclusively on Amazon Churchill's Final Farwell by Rodney Croft is the first book written solely about Churchill's state funeral in January 1965. Croft, the Dean of Clinical Studies at St. George's University School of Medicine, is a retired vascular surgeon based in London. His own memories of the events surrounding Churchill's funeral fifty years ago next year inspired him to begin meticulous archival research in order to catalog the details and planning that went into the operation given the code name Hope Not. The result is a step-by-step account of events from the lying-in-state in Westminster Hall through to the final committal at St. Martin's churchyard in Bladon.
Randolph Churchill and Jennie Churchill Repard Speak in Tennessee
Randolph Churchill and his sister Jennie Churchill Repard visited Knoxville, Tennessee and delivered a joint presentation called "From Brooklyn to Blenheim and Beyond." The siblings read letters exchanged between their American-born great-great-grandmother Jennie Jerome and her husband Lord Randolph Churchill written by the couple during their brief courtship. Anecdotes were told about the Jerome family and rare photographs were shown of Jennie with her two sons, Winston and Jack.
On 17 December, Sotheby's London will offer a group of paintings, objects and personal possessions from the estate of The Churchill Centre's late Patron The Lady Soames LG DBE, Sir Winston Churchill's youngest child. For details about the auction and to watch a video, please click anywhere on the above image.
Centenary of the Guns of August at National World War I Museum The National World War I Museum of the United States in Kansas City welcomed veteran Churchill Centre lecturer John Maurer on October 9th. His hour-long lecture discussed Winston Churchill's role in the build-up to the Great War and was the opening event organized by the Centre in commemorating the outbreak of war in 1914. The event was co-sponsored by the National Churchill Museum of the United States in Fulton, MO.