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Bulletin #82 - Apr 2015

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Space Still Available for Panel Sessions on 28–29 May.

churchill paintingThe 32nd International Churchill Conference is attracting incredible numbers. While this does mean that some of the dinners and special sessions are now full, there is still space available for the main sessions on Thursday and Friday, 28–29 May. We are honored to announce an important addition to Thursday's panel about “Churchill & Islam.” Imam Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al Mahdi, grandson of the Mahdi, will be adding a unique and different perspective to our proceedings. Another late addition to the conference will be on Friday with Professor Hal Klepak discussing his new research about Churchill and Cuba. For more information about the conference and to register, please CLICK HERE.

The Keynote Speaker for the 32nd International Churchill Conference is Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and author of the highly popular book The Churchill Factor. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to bid on a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill by noted artist Basia Hamilton that will be auctioned at the conference. Basia has painted many members of the Royal Family as well as the Churchill family. In 2009 she created this portrait of Sir Winston (23" x 25") using pastels on board. This is an exciting opportunity to own a painting by an artist whose sitters included the Queen Mother and Pope John Paul II.

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Reviewed for The Churchill Centre by ANNE SEBBA


windsors in colorSurely, not another book about the abdication, I hear you groan? Is there really anything more to say about the Windsors and the one-sided love story that offered a solution to this crisis?

And here I must declare an interest. Having recently written a book about Wallis Simpson myself, I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked that same question. Equally, I am aware of the perennial fascination with the story of the handsome king who gave up his throne to marry a twice-divorced American of no particular beauty. How to explain it?  So I was eager to read this new book by Andrew Morton, the journalist who wrote about Diana, Princess of Wales—Her True Story in Her Own Words—changing forever the way the world perceived her relationship to the Prince of Wales as well as the way the world now looks at the royal family. Could he pull off the same trick again with an earlier Prince of Wales?

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Interviews with Authors Jonathan Rose and Michael Shelden

WSC grayThe Churchill Centre is happy to announce the launch of The Churchill Centre Podcast. It will feature stories, interviews, and information for all who have an interest in Sir Winston Churchill. The first podcast includes interviews with authors Jonathan Rose and Michael Shelden. To listen to the half-hour podcast, please CLICK HERE.

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Richard Toye Delivers 2015 Kemper Lecture at National Churchill Museum

Richard Toye The National Churchill Museum of the United States, located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, hosted the annual Enid & R. Crosby Kemper Lecture on Sunday, 8 March. This year's speaker was Richard Toye, Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Professor Toye spoke about Churchill’s engagement with journalism when print media was still the dominant form. To watch the complete speech, please CLICK HERE.

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US Navy Warship Hosts Churchill Family During Five-day Port Call

USS Winston S ChurchillThe USS Winston S. Churchill DDG 81 visited the home of the Royal Navy last month providing the opportunity for the officers and crew of the US Navy warship to become acquainted with the family and homeland of the man for whom their vessel is named. By tradition the navigation officer on the guided-missile destroyer is always a British naval officer. Lieutenant Lynsey Sewell RN brought the ship safely to port and was interviewed afterwards by Forces TV. To watch the video, please CLICK HERE.

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New Book Documents 1946 Visit By Allied Leaders

churchill-and-eisenhowerA lavishly illustrated new book, Churchill & Eisenhower: Together Again, A Virginia Visit, brings together photographs and memories of Winston Churchill's triumphant post-war visit to historic Williamsburg, Virginia in the company of his family and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Churchill had just returned from Fulton, Missouri with President Truman, where he had delivered the famous “Iron Curtain” speech. After a brief rest in Washington, Churchill set off by railway with his wife Clementine in the private coach of the President of the United States bound for Richmond. Joining them was the victorious Supreme Commander Allied Forces Europe, Gen. Eisenhower. In the state capitol, Churchill and Eisenhower both addressed the Virginia General Assembly.

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