Past Events

Sir Winston Churchill Award Dinner 2017 Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Sir Winston Churchill Award Dinner is a prestigious event that honours those who have demonstrated Churchillian qualities in public life. It is organised by The International Churchill Society (UK), a registered charity supporting the development of educational resources and programmes relating to the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. These currently include a national public speaking competition for secondary schools in partnership with the English-Speaking Union, two further regional public speaking competitions at Chartwell and Blenheim Palace, a global design competition, the delivery of online teaching resources into UK schools, sponsorship at the Chalke Valley History Festival, our quarterly magazine Finest Hour and the continued development of our digital resources.

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Churchill and Fisher – Titans at the Admiralty Tue. 14 November 2017

Author Barry Gough on his latest book, Churchill and Fisher – Titans of the Admiralty

The book is a vivid study in the politics and stress of high command and describes the decisive roles of a young Winston Churchill as political head of the Admiralty and the ageing Admiral ‘Jacky’ Fisher as professional master and creator of Dreadnought, locked together in perilous destiny. Upon these ‘Titans at the Admiralty’ rested Allied command of the sea at the moment of its supreme test, the challenge presented by the Kaiser’s navy under the dangerous Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz.

This dual biography, based on a fresh and thorough appraisal of the Churchill and Fisher papers, is a story for the ages. It is about Churchill’s and Fisher’s war – how each fought it, how they waged it together, and how they fought against each other, face to face or behind the scenes. It reveals a strange and unique pairing of sea lords who found themselves facing Armageddon and seeking to maintain the primacy of the Royal Navy, the guardian of trade, the succour of the British peoples, and the shield of Empire.

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34th International Churchill Conference October 10-12, 2017

Location: The Essex House Hotel, New York, NY

The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference will be held in the historic Essex House Hotel in New York City on 10-12 October 2017.

Registration is now open. Early-bird tickets are available for a limited time. Follow this link to register today.

Download the full conference program here.

Conference Highlights

Tuesday, October 10

  • Greenwood Cemetery tour, location of the Jerome family crypt
  • Michael Korda, “Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk” speaking at Chartwell Booksellers
  • Opening Reception followed by Preview screening of the new Churchill film Darkest Hour (Blenheim ticket holders only) starring Gary Oldman

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2017 Stoll Lecture with Sir Nicholas Soames Thursday, 12th October 2017, 7:30 PM

Location: Churchill War Rooms

On the evening of Thursday 12th October 2017, UK veterans organisation Stroll is holding the inaugural Stoll Lecture. This annual lecture with a military or Veteran related topic will feature a guest speaker of significant influence and specific knowledge with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the work of Stoll in housing and helping vulnerable Veterans.

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Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A discussion with author Sally Bedell Smith

Please join us at the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Sally Bedell Smith for a discussion of her bestselling biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. Ms. Smith will also discuss the future of the British Monarchy.

Sally Bedell Smith is a journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. She is the author of many books, including Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House, and Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Modern Princess. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.S. from the Columbia School of Journalism.

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Greater Gotham: A History of New York Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A discussion with author Mike Wallace

Please join us at the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Mike Wallace for a discussion of the second volume of his epic history of New York City, Greater Gotham: A History of New York 1898 to 1919. The first volume, Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-written with Edwin G. Burrows, was published to great acclaim in 2000 and won the Pulitzer Prize. Tyler Anbinder, a professor of history at GW and author of Five Points and City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York will lead the discussion.

Mike Wallace is a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was educated at Columbia University.

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Ireland in a Post-Brexit World Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A discussion with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Please join us at the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, for a discussion on Irish politics, history, and diplomacy in the wake of Brexit.

Ambassador Mulhall took up his current post in September 2017 and was previously Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2012 until his current appointment. Prior to that, he served as Ambassador to Germany. He is an avid promoter of Irish culture and tweets poetry on a daily basis.

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Churchill & Orwell Author’s Tour in the US May-June 2017

US tour announced for Thomas E. Ricks, author of the recently published Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. Read the review of the new work that was published in the May 2017 edition of the Churchill Bulletin.

May 23 Washington DC
Talk & Signing 7PM
Politics & Prose Bookstore

May 25 Philadelphia PA
Talk & Signing 7:30PM
Free Library of Philadelphia

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An Evening with Churchill Thursday, September 21, 2017

Location: The Vancouver Club, 915 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, B.C.

On Thursday, September 21, guest speaker Ilai Saltzman. He will address our Society on “Churchill, Truman, the State of Israel and the Current Middle East”.

Dr Ilai Saltzman is the Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Israel Institute in Washington, D.C. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Haifa, a Master’s in International Relations (magna cum laude) and a B.A. in International Relations both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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The Arts and High Politics: Winston Churchill & Ireland Sunday 7th May

Where: Dromana House, Cappoquin, Co Waterford

Guest Speakers

  • Aurelia Young: Churchill’s Favourite Sculptor: The unconventional life of Oscar Nemon; husband of Patricia Villiers-Stuart and friend of Winston Churchill
  • Mark Leslie: The Prime Minister’s Speech
  • Peter Murray: Whatever is to be is Written: The Life and Art of Clare Sheridan
  • Dr Martin Mansergh: Dev and Churchill: Conflicting Perspectives on Ireland’s Place in British-Irish Relations

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2017 Churchill Fellows

National Churchill Museum to Honor New Fellows
Gen. David H. Petraeus and Author Jon Meacham

Gen. David H. Petreaus and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will headline Churchill Fellows Weekend 2017 at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Fifteen new fellows altogether will be installed on the morning of Saturday, April 1st. The ceremony will take place within the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury, which was designed by Christopher Wren but bombed out of its original London site by the Luftwafe in 1940 and re-dedicated in 1969 as a permanent memorial to Sir Winston Churchill at Westminster College, where Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.

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Danforth to Receive Churchill Leadership Medal Thursday, June 8, 2017

Doris Kearns Goodwin to Give Keynote Address at Event in St. Louis

On Thursday, June 8 Sen. John Danforth will receive the Churchill Leadership Medal during a dinner to benefit the National Churchill Museum. The event will take place at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Senator Danforth is an ordained Episcopal priest, former three-time U.S. Senator (R-MO) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In 2001, President Bush appointed Sen. Danforth as a special envoy for peace in Sudan, where he worked to broker a peace agreement that, in 2005, ultimately ended the twenty-year civil war.

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Timothy Snyder at the NCLC

Author of On Tyranny gives a talk in Washington, D.C.

Professor Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, gave a talk at the National Churchill Library and Center about his book in which he reflects on how many democracies failed throughout Europe during the 20th century and how these specific cases can be used as lessons for maintaining democracy today. Watch the entire talk at C-SPAN.

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Churchill Fellows Weekend Saturday, 1 April 2017

Location: The National Churchill Museum, Fulton, Missouri

National Churchill MuseumThe Association of Churchill Fellows of Westminster College invites you to the annual Churchill Fellows Weekend at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri.

Reserve your place online here.

The National Churchill Museum and the International Churchill Society are pleased to announce the schedule for Churchill Fellows Weekend on April 1. Guests who register for the Blenheim Package will receive complimentary round-trip VIP shuttle service from St. Louis to Fulton. Guests who prefer to stay in or near Fulton may register for the Iron Curtain Package. Both packages include a VIP luncheon, preferred seating for lectures, tours of National Churchill Museum, and the opportunity to meet with artist/Churchill granddaughter The Hon Edwina Sandys MBE, who created the sculpture Breakthrough.

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2017 Black Tie Academic Dinner August 31, 2017 - San Francisco, California

Please join us in San Francisco for the 2017 Black Tie Academic Dinner.

The evening will begin with a reception, followed by dinner and remarks after dinner. Dinner dress is black tie or dark suit. The reception begins at 7.00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 8.00 p.m. Please note on your registration form whether you would like the vegetarian option.

7.00 p.m.: Cash Bar Reception
8.00 p.m.: Dinner

Purchase your tickets online here.

For more information, call the International Churchill Society on +1 (202) 994-4744 or email

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The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill's 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.