The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 International Churchill Conference, which will be held in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on November 9–11, 2018. This year’s theme will be “Churchill: Walking with Destiny” and will feature several new and returning faces. Please click here to register for your place at the conference. Read More >
The 35th International Churchill Conference will take place this November in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference will begin on Friday, November 9th and continue through the morning of Sunday the 11th at the Williamsburg Lodge. The final day will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought to an end the First World War. Read More >
The Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference went from triumph to triumph this month at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City. Meeting from the 10th through the 12th in the capital of the world, the conference ranged across the spectrum of Churchill’s career with speakers that included Gen. David Petraeus, Andrew Roberts, and Lady Williams—who worked as a secretary for Churchill for six years.
Lady Williams of Elvel, who as Jane Portal served as a secretary to Winston Churchill from 1949 to 1955, received a standing ovation after speaking in conversation with Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys at the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference in New York City. For one hour, the two women shared their memories of the busy life of the Greatest Briton. To watch the full video, please click here. Read More >
Churchill Leadership Award to General David Petraeus Recognition by the International Churchill Society
The 2017 Winston S. Churchill Leadership Award was presented to General David Petraeus at the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference. In presenting the award, International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller stated that the general perfectly exemplified Churchillian Leadership. Read More >
Finest Hour 177, Summer 2017
The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce the 34th International Churchill Conference, “Churchill as International Statesman.” The Conference will be held at the historic Essex House hotel in New York City on October 10–12, 2017. This will be the first-ever International Churchill Conference held in New York, the city that Churchill first visited in 1895 and where he suffered his 1931 “misadventure”—being run over by a car on 5th Avenue. The history of the world hung in the balance just blocks from where we shall meet this autumn.
Celia Sandys, author of several excellent books about her grandfather Sir Winston Churchill, will interview Lady Williams of Elvel, the former Jane Portal and one of Sir Winston’s last-surviving secretaries, 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. Follow this link to register today.
Celia’s books include The Young Churchill about her grandfather’s youth, Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive about his adventures in South Africa, and Chasing Churchill about his various travels. She is Co-Chair of the International Churchill Society Board of Advisers and a highly popular speaker.
Global Leadership Programme: Publication of Panel Reports 13th October 2015 at the Churchill War Rooms
Highlights from the Churchill 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme launch of 16 panel reports.
Introduction: Lord George Robertson
Chair: Rachel Sylvester
Speakers: Sir David King, Ruth Kelly, Michael Clarke, Olly Rees, Fatima Islam
Location: Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that the Thirty-fifth International Churchill Conference will be held in the historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on November 9-11, 2018. Hotel reservations are now open.
The conference will begin on Friday, November 9th and continue through the morning of Sunday the 11th at the Williamsburg Lodge. The final day will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought to an end the First World War.
During the conference, historian Andrew Roberts will speak about his major new Churchill biography Walking with Destiny, which will be published in the autumn of 2018.
By Fred Farrow
Proceedings of the International Churchill Societies 1994-95
During the conference at Washington, D.C. last October, I remarked about my good fortune to have been born in England in 1906 at a time when Winston Churchill was in his early thirties. I had the further good fortune to have a grandfather with some small influence in the Conservative Party, which made it possible for me, during the First World War, to be taken to the Stranger’s Gallery at the House of Commons to listen to the debates and, on six or seven occasions, to hear Winston Churchill speak.
Now I must confess that at that tender age, eight to thirteen or fourteen, the subjects of the debates and indeed the details of the speeches were somewhat beyond my comprehension. But I do most dearly remember the atmosphere in the House of Commons when Mr. Churchill was speaking.