40th International Churchill Conference

5-7 October 2023

Edinburgh, Scotland

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  • Royal Yacht Britannia Reception
  • Conference Lecture Sessions
  • Black-tie Gala Dinner
  • Reception at Edinburgh Castle
  • Visit to Scone Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland Rooftop Reception
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  • Royal Yacht Britannia Reception
  • Conference Lecture Sessions
  • Black-tie Gala Dinner
  • Reception at Edinburgh Castle
  • Visit to Scone Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland Rooftop Reception

Conference Dress Code

  • Business Casual for Conference Sessions
  • Cocktail Attire for Thursday and Friday Evenings
  • Black Tie Optional for Saturday Evening Dinner

Keynote Speaker Announced

The Rt Hon the Lord Soames of Fletching

Sir Winston’s Grandson Will Address the 2023 Churchill Conference in Edinburgh

Lord Soames (formerly Sir Nicholas Soames) is the eldest child of Christopher Soames and Mary Churchill, the youngest daughter of Sir Winston and Clementine Churchill. He was commissioned into the 11th Hussars and subsequently served as Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales, now King Charles III.

Soames was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2019.

He was made a Privy Counsellor in 2011 and knighted in 2014. He was appointed a Life Peer in October 2022 and is a member of the International Relations and Defence Committee of the House of Lords.

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A full schedule of experiences is planned, including exclusive visits to The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland and Scone Palace. Conference lecture sessions will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

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The 40th International Churchill Conference will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland

The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that the 40th International Churchill Conference will be held in Edinburgh from 5-7 October 2023. This is the first conference to be held in Scotland!

Scotland holds a special place for Churchill, including being the home of Dundee, which Churchill represented in Parliament for 14 years (1908-22). Churchill's legacy continues to inspire people the world over. The 40th International Churchill Conference will honour his legacy by bringing together dedicated members and supporters of the Society to historic Edinburgh.

We are planning a full schedule of experiences, including exclusive visits to
The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland and Scone Palace. Conference lecture sessions will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday, 6 October.


12 OCTOBER, 1942

Winston Churchill 

I have myself some ties with Scotland which are to me of great significance—ties precious and lasting. First of all, I decided to be born on St. Andrew’s Day—and it was to Scotland I went to find my wife, who is deeply grieved not to be here today through temporary indisposition. I commanded a Scottish battalion of the famous 21st Regiment for five months in the line in France in the last war. I sat for fifteen years as the representative of 'Bonnie Dundee,' and I might be sitting for it still if the matter had rested entirely with me.

What to expect at the conference

Historian James Holland

James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories, including Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, and most recently, The War in the West. He has presented – and written – a large number of television programmes and series, including the BBC’s The Battle for Malta. He co-hosts the popular podcast We Have Ways of Making You Talk.

He is the Chair of the Chalke Valley History Festival, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Research Fellow at Swansea University.

Conference venues

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia 

Scone Palace

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

View from the Museum Rooftop

The Stephen and Jane Poss Distinguished Churchill Lecture

Dr. Henry J. “Jerry” Hendrix, PhD

Dr. Henry J. “Jerry” Hendrix, PhD, is a retired United States Navy Captain and naval flight officer, having served 26 years on active duty following his commissioning through the Navy ROTC program at Purdue University. During his career Hendrix served in a variety of maritime patrol aviation squadrons as well as on supercarriers, including the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and light amphibious assault ships. He was deployed to the Mediterranean, Red Sea, North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Persian Gulf. He served as the Commander of Tactical Air Support Squadron 11. His shore duty assignments were as a strategist on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Secretary of the Navy, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and within the Office of Net Assessment. Through these tours Dr. Hendrix established a reputation for using history to illuminate current strategic challenges, and published numerous articles on rebuilding and modernizing the Navy. He has twice been named the Samuel Eliot Morison Scholar by the Naval Historical Center. After his retirement from the Navy following a standout tour as the Director of the Navy History and Heritage Command, he has worked as a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and as a vice president at a Washington, DC defense consultancy. Dr. Hendrix holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in political science, a masters in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, a masters in history from Harvard University, and a PhD in war studies from Kings College, London. He is the author of numerous professional articles and essays as well as the 2009 book Theodore Roosevelt's Naval Diplomacy and the 2020 book To Provide and Maintain a Navy--Why Naval Primacy is America's First, Best Strategy. He currently serves the Sagamore Institute as a senior fellow, exploring the national security challenges facing the United States.

Scone Palace

Scone Palace is a stunning site in Perthshire, Scotland with over 1000 years of history. The original home of the Stone of Destiny.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city.

Historic Queen Anne Room

Conference Sponsors

Will you help us reach an even wider global audience?

Conference sponsorships range from $5,000 to $100,000 and include many benefits based on level.  

Would you like to discuss conference sponsorship?
Please get in touch with International Churchill Society UK, Executive Director Andy Smith on +44 20 7173 5123
or email him here.

Conference Sponsors
Gold Sponsorship $50,000
  • Beth Madison
Silver Sponsorship $25,000
  • LL&P Philanthropy
  • Stephen and Jane Poss
Bronze Sponsorship $10,000
  • Philip and Erin Boeckman
  • Jack and Barbara Bovender
  • Tina Santi Flaherty
  • Robert and Rose Kelly
  • Ron and Eleanor Luke
  • George and Ellen McKnight
  • Mike Michelson
  • Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet
  • Bob and Regina Muehlhauser
  • Hal and Kathy Oakley
  • Pol Roger Champagne
Benefactor Sponsorship $5,000
  • Bespoke British Pens Ltd/Conway Stewart
  • Larry Berlin and Ariana Gammel
  • David and Diane Boler
  • Wade Dyke
  • J. Kenyon Eagon and Heather Burns Eagon
  • Lowell Hart and Cynthia Brossy-Hart
  • The Kimball Foundation
  • Deborah Lindsay
  • Don and Lorraine Lofe
  • Jay and Kelly Policastro
  • Barbi Richardson
  • Adrian and Tricia Reuben

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