Bulletin #107 – May 2017

Meet Churchill’s Secretary Lady Williams to Speak at 2017 Churchill Conference

Lady Williams of Elvel, the former Jane Portal and one of Sir Winston Churchill’s last-surviving secretaries, will speak in conversation with Sir Winston’s granddaughter Celia Sandys at the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12. Those who register by May 31st will receive a 10% discount on all tickets. Follow this link to register today. Read More >

Churchill, Roosevelt & Company

Churchill Roosevelt & Company

Freedom Fighters New Book Looks at Churchill and Orwell

Thomes E. Ricks, Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, Penguin, 2017, 352 pages, $28. ISBN 978–1594206139.

Review by Paul K. Alkon

Early in 1953, Winston Churchill’s doctor Charles Moran found the Prime Minister absorbed in George Orwell’s book 1984: “Have you read it, Charles? Oh, you must. I’m reading it for a second time. It is a very remarkable book.” While Churchill and George Orwell (Eric Blair’s pen name) never met in person, they shared similar beliefs about the nature of freedom. Read More >

Dullest Hours Churchill the Movie Leaves You Wanting Less

Churchill starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson, written by Alex Von Tunzelmann, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, released by Lionsgate Films: June 2017

Reviewed by DAVID FREEMAN

Historical dramas require some artistic license. The events of several days, months, or years must be compressed into a viewable timespan. In assessing such films, the reviewer should ask two questions: 1) Does the story remain true to the historical framework? and 2) Does it entertain? Sadly this Churchill fails on both counts. Read More >

Churchill Leadership Medal for John C. Danforth Doris Kearns Goodwin to Deliver Keynote Address

Statesman John C. Danforth will be recognized for his nearly fifty years of public service when he is presented with the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. The award will be presented on June 8 at a gala dinner in St. Louis. Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the keynote address. Read More >

Churchill in Ireland Dromana House Conference Explores the Subject

“My earliest memories are Ireland,” wrote Winston Churchill in the opening paragraph of his charming memoir My Early Life. And in Ireland, memories of Churchill persist. On May 7, more than 100 people gathered at Dromana House in the enchanting Blackwater Valley of Co. Waterford to attend a seminar entitled “The Arts and High Politics: Winston Churchill—Ireland.” Dromana, perched on a bluff overlooking the Blackwater River, has been in the hands of the Villiers-Stuart family for eight centuries. The current owners—Barbara Grubb of the Villiers-Stuart clan and her husband Nicholas Grubb—presided over an elegant and informative affair. Read More >

Jeremy Wilson, 1944–2017 Official Biographer of Lawrence of Arabia

Appreciation by PAUL ALKON

Jeremy Wilson’s death on April 2 was a sad loss for those interested in T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, their relationship, and their times. We are all the heirs and beneficiaries of Wilson’s superb scholarship. The indispensable biography of Lawrence remains Wilson’s 1989 Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T. E. Lawrence. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Roosevelt & Churchill Royal Winton Teapot

By BRIAN KRAPF

This porcelain teapot measures six inches tall and was produced during the war by Royal Winton. The transfer image features President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Royal Winton produced numerous wartime items utilizing this transfer image, and many such trays, bowls, mugs, and vases have found their way into collections. The teapot, however, is rare and seldom found. From a collector’s standpoint, this is likely the best of the Royal Winton production and is highly sought. Read More >

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