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Churchill Archive for Schools available for teachers and students

churchillarchiveThe entire Churchill Archive has been digitised and is now online and available free of charge to schools worldwide until 31 December 2020. The digital archive is normally only available only by annual subscription. However, this project was very generously funded by Laurence Geller CBE, Chairman of the Churchill Centre. To read a letter of thanks from the Chairman of the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust to Mr Geller, follow this link.

For Access, registration needs to be completed on The Churchill Archive for Schools website here.

Bloomsbury Publishing created The Churchill Archive for Schools website in partnership with the Churchill Archives and The Churchill Centre. The Churchill Archive for Schools website has a wealth of classroom-ready resources for teachers and students. The website provides an expanding range of resources specially written and developed by leading history educators to support the teaching of History at the secondary level.

The Churchill Archive for Schools provides teachers and students with an accessible and exciting entry point into the complete online Churchill Archive, which is now available free of charge.

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The C-Span Video Library, created by Cable and offered as a Public Service, has several videos of authors who have written about Churchill. Representing a wide range of views, they are a fine adjunct to reading or introducing the book, but also stand up well on their own.

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American Citizens' Letters to Churchill in response to his radio broadcast to America on 16 October 1938.

  • The Defence of Freedom and Peace Speech ("The lights are going out")
  • Audio excerpt with the memorable phrase "We Must Arm"
  • Anonymized facsimiles of four letters with transcriptions of two handwritten ones
  • Psalm-style format of a single page fromThe Defence of Freedom and Peace Speech, 16 October 1938, beginning with "We must arm."
  • Lesson plan (Hart) using the speech and four letters
  • Lesson plan (see Patrick, under The Path to World War II) using this speech and two other speeches in 1939 and 1941

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Lesson Plans are developed as personal responses of teachers who have attended The Churchill Centre’s seminars and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institutes and by The Churchill Centre and our scholars. Teachers designed the lessons for their own classrooms, often adding to curricula they already use. Decisions on using these lessons remain the responsibility of individual teachers. Information in the lesson plans is factually correct.

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