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The Churchill War Rooms are to be featured in latest series of "Museum Secrets," airing on UKTV this month.

Phil-Reed-Churchill-War-RoomsMuseum Director Phil Reed on a tour of the Churchill War Rooms.
The Yesterday Channel on UKTV in England will be airing Museum Secrets Season 2 for the first time this summer.

Starting on June 22, 2012, Yesterday will broadcast Museum Secrets on Fridays at 9 PM for eight weeks.

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of Britain at war, from World War One to the present, through a collection of 10 million items – from guns to planes to medals to cyanide pills – at five locations in England visited by over 2 million people every year.


Find out more on the series and watch a video clip here.


In Episode Two, we descend into Churchill's top-secret underground bunker to discover why he was an irreplaceable leader. We find out how a London housewife became a spy who withstood horrific Nazi torture to protect a vital secret, then we take cover in a World War One trench as we reveal the story of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose discovery turned the tide of the war. We meet an aging cold warrior who exposes dark truths about atomic weapons hidden from the British people for 50 years, then fly above Iraq with British top guns to discover how to stay frosty when enemy missiles lock on. And finally we follow a team of military researchers as they close in on the holy grail of camouflage: how to make a soldier invisible.

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The Churchill Centre Presents 2012 Leadership Award to Fred Malek Print E-mail
The Churchill Centre honors a distinguished American and holds most successful fundraising event in its history.

2012-Malek-DinnerFred Malek is presented with the award by last year's recipient J.W. Marriott.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2012—The Churchill Centre presented its 2012 Leadership Award to distinguished American civic and business leader Fred Malek at a gala dinner and award ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2012. Mr. Malek, who was recognized for his forty years of service as an advisor to four United States Presidents and his leadership in private industry received the award from J. W. Marriott, Jr., a previous recipient, a Churchill Centre Trustee and Chairman of Marriott International, Inc.

Over 400 Churchillians from across the United States as well as leaders from the public, private and institutional sectors in Washington attended the dinner, the largest and most successful in TCC history. Proceeds supported the Centre's educational activities and the new National Churchill Library and Centre to be created on the campus of the George Washington University.


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Co-Chairs for the evening were TCC Chairman Laurence S. Geller CBE, Jane Harman, longtime member of Congress and President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and Catherine B. Reynolds, Chair of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. The host committee included Sens. Trent Lott, Tom Daschle, William Cohen and Norm Coleman, Cong. John Dingell, Gens. Brent Scowcroft, Jim Jones and David Petraeus and Secys. Frank Carlucci and Elaine Chao. Noted journalist Chris Matthews served as Master of Ceremonies.

Dinner speakers included Gen. David Petraeus, Randolph Churchill, Katty Kay, BBC Washington bureau chief, and Dr. Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University. Other distinguished attendees included Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Philip Barton, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United Kingdom, Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Edwina Sandys and Paul Tetraeult, President of the Ford's Theater Society. Also enjoying the evening were Cong. Mac Thornberry, Sen. Roy Blunt, GWU Provost Steven Lerman and President Emeritus Steven Trachtenberg.

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"Churchill: The Power of Words" Print E-mail

NEW EXHIBITION AT THE MORGAN EXPLORES THE BRILLIANCE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S WRITINGS AND SPEECHES

SHOW INCLUDES LETTERS, CORRESPONDENCE, EDITED TYPESCRIPTS OF CHURCHILL'S FAMOUS SPEECHES, ARTIFACTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND ORIGINAL SOUND RECORDINGS AND BROADCASTS

Churchill: The Power of Words
June 8 – September 23, 2012

New York, NY, March 27, 2012—Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965) is considered by many historians to be among the finest orators and writers of the twentieth century. His speeches galvanized Great Britain at its darkest hour during World War II, and his letters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt were instrumental in building support for the war effort from the United States, the country of Churchill's mother's birth. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 for his contribution to the written and spoken word, Churchill became an icon of the post-war age, an internationally recognized leader admired throughout the free world.

Churchill: The Power of Words, on view from June 8 through September 23, 2012 at The Morgan Library & Museum, brings to life the man behind the words through some sixty-five documents, artifacts, and recordings, ranging from edited typescripts of his speeches to his Nobel Medal and Citation to excerpts from his broadcasts made during the London blitz. Items in the exhibition are on loan from the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, as well as from Churchill's house at Chartwell in Kent, which is administered by Britain's National Trust.

The exhibition is designed with a contemporary audience in mind, and includes a compelling audio-visual space where visitors may listen to Churchill's major speeches, as well as an interactive timeline with touch screens that explores the context of Churchill's broadcasts and writings with related images.

"Few modern statesmen have approached Sir Winston Churchill's skill with the written and spoken word," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "He made his name as a writer, he funded his political career with his pen, and he carefully crafted his words to serve as tools for international diplomacy and as patriotic symbols for a nation at war. This exhibition shows why words matter, and how they can make a difference for the better, and it is therefore particularly appropriate that the Morgan, with its extraordinary literary collections, should host this exhibition."

Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, said: "The incredible collections of The Morgan Library & Museum represent the literary, artistic and cultural tradition that informed the writings of Winston Churchill, and the world he fought to preserve. There can be no better venue for this exhibition."

The Power of Words
"In the dark days and darker nights when Britain stood alone—and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life—he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." —John F. Kennedy, April 9, 1963

The physical and intellectual heart of the exhibition is Churchill's own voice, as recorded in some of the broadcasts that were received in the United States, and as set out on the page in his own annotated speaking notes. The exhibition highlights a number of the speeches that he made between October 1938, when Hitler began to dismember Czechoslovakia, and December 1941, when Pearl Harbor brought the United States fully into World War II.

Churchill's broadcast to the United States on October 16, 1938 was made from the political wilderness, as he no longer held high political office in Britain, but is a powerful articulation of the need for the United States to become more engaged in Europe and to play a role in containing Hitler. It is also a clear statement of the power of words and ideas: "They [the dictators] are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home—all the more powerful because forbidden—terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic."

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Churchill Centre and George Washington University Announce New Churchill Library and Center in Washington, D.C. Print E-mail
Geller-GW-Library-AnnouncementLaurence Geller, and GW's President, Steven Knapp
The Churchill Centre and The George Washington University (GW) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of a new Churchill Library and Center on the GW campus in the heart of Washington, D.C. The Memorandum was executed at a signing ceremony at The Churchill Centre's headquarters in Chicago by its Chairman, Laurence S. Geller, and GW's President, Steven Knapp.

Mr. Geller noted that "undertaking this project with The George Washington University represents a milestone in the development of The Churchill Centre and of Churchill scholarship in America. The unique place that Winston Churchill holds in modern history as an icon of leadership and the respect his memory is accorded throughout the United States have long demanded the creation of a permanent home for Churchill studies, exhibitions and programs in our nation's capital." President Knapp added that "GW is delighted to be able to partner with The Churchill Centre in this worthwhile project which will bring an important new element to our campus and expand our already strong programs in modern history."

The planned $8 million facility, to be known as The National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University, will encompass four elements: an extensive library of books and other materials by and about Churchill and his times; an endowed Chair in Churchill Studies in GW's History Department; an endowed Directorship of the Library and Center; and customized exhibition space for permanent and travelling displays about Churchill, his life and times. The Library and Center will be housed in dedicated street level space in GW's Gelman Library in the heart of the university campus in Washington's West End and will present a continuing range of lectures, seminars, programs and exhibits for scholars, students and visitors.

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High Commissioner Helps Launch Churchill Society in Ottawa Print E-mail

British High Commisison, Ottawa, 02 December 2011—To mark the 137th anniversary of the former Prime Minister's birth, High Commissioner Andrew Pocock hosted the launch of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa.

Held at Earnscliffe, the evening's keynote speaker was Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge. The title of his talk was "Why Bring Churchill Back to Canada?".



Prior to the event, Mr Packwood filmed a short interview where he talked about Churchill's many Canadian connections and announced plans to bring pages of his well-known 1941 speech to a joint-session of the Canadian Parliament back to Canada for display in the near future.

The non-partisan Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa plans to hold a number of events in the National Captial Region over the coming months. It joins a number of Churchill Socities across Canada, including the The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy in Toronto.

Visit the British High Commission Site for photos of the event.

 
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