New Stained Glass Window and Garden Dedicated
The Duke of Marlborough and his family are joined by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (right) and Sir Nicholas Soames (second from left) for the dedication of the new Churchill Garden at Blenheim Palace.
Report by the Rev. Canon ADRIAN DAFFERN
St Martin’s Church, Bladon, is well known, not least to members of The Churchill Centre, as the final resting place of Sir Winston Churchill. Many of you will have visited the church, and the Churchill graves. Even if you have been before, I hope that you will come again—for on 9 June this year, a unique event took place in the unfolding story of celebrating the immortal memory of WSC.
Medals of Churchill Contemporary Lt. Col. H.H. Northey
Will be Auctioned by Spink & Son Ltd. on 23 July
Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Hamilton Northey CMG (1870-1938), like Winston Churchill, was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and also like Churchill served in campaigns on the Northwest Frontier of India, the Boer War, and the First World War. His medals, several identical to the decorations earned by Churchill, have been in the possession of a long-time friend of The Churchill Centre who is now having them auctioned on 23 July by Spink & Son, the premier auction house for coins and commemorative medals. All of the proceeds will be donated to The Churchill Centre. For more information, please CLICK HERE
Major Donation by The Churchill Centre’s Chairman Provides Free Access to Churchill Archives Online for Secondary Schools
Laurence Geller CBE, the Chairman of The Churchill Centre has made a major donation that enables elementary, middle and high schools around the world to obtain a free access to the digitized archives of Winston Churchill published online by Bloomsbury Press. The Churchill Archive for Schools provides an expanding range of classroom-ready resources specially written and developed by leading history educators to support the teaching of History at the secondary level. Mr. Geller stated that “the project has been literally decades in conceptualization and that this is just the very beginning of a program that will have a widespread impact on secondary education.” To visit the site, please CLICK HERE
Newly Redesigned Website Provides Fitting Resource to the Life and Works of the Official Biographer of Sir Winston Churchill
The late Sir Martin Gilbert (1936–2015) passed away in February. Since then his widow, Lady Esther Gilbert, has overseen the redesign of his official website as a lasting tribute to her husband. Sir Martin was a prolific historian and the premier Churchill scholar of his time. His eighty-nine books include not only six of the eight volumes in the Official Churchill Biography but dozens of books about twentieth-century history and Jewish history. The website provides a splendid guide to Sir Martin’s own life and work. To visit the website, please CLICK HERE
Video Created for National History Day
A group of young students at Ottoson Middle School in Massachusetts entered the National History Day competition with a short documentary about the life of Winston Churchill. The students interviewed scholars, researched photographs, and read up on the facts of Churchill’s life to put together their video, which qualified as a finalist in the competition.
New Book Presents Rarely Seen Images
Review by ERICA L. CHENOWETH
Alison Carlson, The Man Within: Winston Churchill—An Intimate Portrait
, Inkshares, 2015, 224 pages. Ebook (Epub & Kindle) $21.00; hardcover, $50.00 (free shipping and ebook included). ISBN 9781941758196.
Thousands of words have been spilt in “the world of paper and ink” about Winston Churchill, but a good photograph may be worth as much as many of them. The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson laments in The Mind’s Eye
, “we cannot develop and print a memory” (27). So when, in England, Alison Carlson searched in vain for a souvenir book that married images of the great man with his words, she felt compelled to act.