The International Churchill Society (formerly The Churchill Centre) was originally founded in 1968. This umbrella organisation for the Churchill enthusiast is dedicated to educating new generations on the leadership and statesmanship of Churchill.
With branches throughout the United States, and chapters and affiliate organisations in Australia, Canada, Israel, Portugal and the UK, the Society combines being a membership organisation with charitable programmes and conferences. It sponsors an International Churchill Conference and numerous regional events; Churchill tours in Britain, Australia, France, South Africa and Morocco; academic symposia; student seminars; and the periodic Churchill Lecture, in which prominent world figures apply Churchill’s experience to today’s issues.
With grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Society has conducted highly praised seminars for high school teachers in the USA and UK, to aid their appreciation and use of Churchill’s story in their local curricula.
The George Washington University (GW) formed a philanthropic partnership with the International Churchill Society to establish the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) at GW. Housed on the first floor of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, this is the first major research facility in the nation’s capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill.
As both scholar and statesman, Winston Churchill is an inspiring figure for his leadership and his diplomacy. The new Center, through its collections, interdisciplinary academic programs, and educational exhibits, will offer GW students, faculty, researchers, and the public the opportunity to examine the life and legacy of Churchill. The Center endeavours to:
Endow a program fund to support a robust schedule of lectures, conferences, symposia, publications, research grants and other activities.
Raise funds for the next phase of expansion of the facility.
Endow the Director position, so that our future fundraising can concentrate on education and programming.
Curtis Brown is one of the world’s leading literary and talent agencies, representing authors, playwrights, film and television writers and directors, theatre directors and designers, television and radio presenters and actors. It has strategic alliances with agencies all over the world.
Its association with Winston Churchill began in the 1930s for both his written work and his international speaking tours, and today the company represents many of the Churchill family’s intellectual property assets, from personal copyrights to branding and image rights. It works closely with the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust in projects relating to the digital publication of Sir Winston’s papers and maintains a dynamic range of relationships with print and digital publishers around the world and with key brand partners.
Churchill College, which received its Royal Charter in 1960, is the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill and a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, UK. Founded with the aim to benefit society through the advancement of education, learning and research, especially in the fields of science and technology, the College’s academic purpose is tied to a commitment to nurture academic links with industry and business. Dedicated to excellence, innovation and leadership, and a progressive approach to governance, Churchill College strives to foster a diverse and forward-looking academic community. An emphasis on visiting fellowships, having a scheme of Overseas Fellowships which has brought hundreds of distinguished scholars to Cambridge from round the world.
It was founded by Winston Churchill, who visited the site in 1959, and admitted its first students in 1960.
Chartwell was Churchill’s house in Kent, which is now preserved as a historic property by the National Trust, and is consistently one of their most visited houses. At Chartwell, you get insights into his character and family life. This was the place into which he put so much of his time, energy and love; from the walls, to lakes and the house, to his books and paintings, so much of Chartwell was created by him. Each aspect of Chartwell is important and reveals different parts of Churchill’s character and his life.
Chartwell houses the largest collection of Churchill’s paintings, a wonderful array of Churchillian artefacts, gifts from around the world and family treasures. Visitors can explore the house, his painting studio and enjoy the landscaped hillside garden with the breath taking views that inspired Churchill to buy the house. Our team of expert volunteers help bring Chartwell’s stories alive to visitors all year round.
The National Churchill Museum is located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It was at Westminster College that Winston Churchill delivered his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech of 5 March 1946. In the 1960s Westminster College marked the twentieth anniversary of Churchill’s visit by moving from London to Fulton Christopher Wren’s bomb-damaged church of St Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, rebuilding it to Wren’s original specifications.
The National Churchill Museum is housed beneath the Church and displays a permanent Churchill exhibition and runs lectures and related events.
The Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK, was purpose-built in 1973 to house Churchill’s papers – some 3000 boxes of letters and documents ranging from his first childhood letters, via his great war-time speeches, to the writings which earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature. They form an incomparable documentary treasure trove. These original documents remain at the Archives Centre, but now also form the basis of the Churchill Archive Online, a digital edition of Sir Winston’s personal papers published by Bloomsbury.
Today the Centre holds the papers of almost 600 important figures and the number is still growing. Contemporaries of Winston Churchill, including friends and family, sit alongside major political, military and scientific figures like Margaret Thatcher, Ernest Bevin, John Major, Neil Kinnock, Admiral Ramsay, Field Marshal Slim, Frank Whittle and Rosalind Franklin.
If you have an inquiry about Churchill or the material held in the archives, you can email the Centre here.
Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site and home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.
Queen Anne and a grateful nation gifted Blenheim Palace to the 1st Duke of Marlborough for his great victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. A true masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors and is surrounded with over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.
Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874. Grandson of the 7th duke, he was also a close friend of the 9th Duke and Duchess. Winston spent a considerable amount of time at the Palace throughout his life and proposed to his wife Clementine in the Temple of Diana.
Winston Churchill is buried, alongside other members of the Churchill family, at St Martin’s, Bladon, just outside Blenheim Palace grounds. A small church in a village of just under 800 people, it welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world every year to the burial place of Winston Churchill and the Churchill family.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was set up in 1965 as his national memorial and living legacy. The Trust carries forward his legacy by funding up to 150 British citizens each year from all walks of life to travel overseas on a project of their own choosing, in order to develop their knowledge, and expertise and bring back best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities. Successful applicants must demonstrate sufficient knowledge, and the commitment, character and the tenacity to travel globally in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK, and on return being leaders and role models to deliver benefits to others.
The ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. They work principally with young people in the UK and internationally, helping them to gain the skills and confidence in communications to reach their full potential. Worldwide, their members and alumni engage in dialogue and the exchange of ideas and opinions using English as a common language.
Winston Churchill was Chairman of the ESU from 1921 to 1925 and The Churchill Lecture is the most prestigious event in the annual programme of the ESU. Speakers in the past have included Ronald Reagan, HRH The Princess Royal, Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Dr Henry Kissinger and Lord Patten.
The International Churchill Society (UK) is a registered charity which was established by Deed of Trust in 1988. The society was set up to provide a forum to bring together all those with an interest in commemorating the life and advancing the legacy of Winston Churchill.
As Churchill passes out of living memory, the current Trustees, led by the UK Chairman Lord Marland, are determined to ensure that his name and his values are passed on to successive generations. It is a membership organisation, linked to the International Churchill Society, and to other Churchill organisations worldwide, but it is also an educational charity which has funded the curation of content for winstonchurchill.org, and which is sponsoring the ESU Churchill National Public Speaking Competition. ICS (UK) played a key role in facilitating the Churchill 2015 programme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death in 1965.
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The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.
At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.