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.
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The Society’s many activities are conducted through a wide range of publications and programs. Membership in the Society includes our award-winning quarterly Journal of Winston Churchill, Finest Hour (available in both print and digital editions), along with our monthly email newsletter Churchill Bulletin and access to premium content on our website. Members also enjoy discounted rates at Churchill sites in the United Kingdom and the United States, at our international conferences and on books by and about Churchill.
The Society’s local chapters in over forty cities around the world hold regular meetings and dinners, host author lectures and engage with students and teachers in their communities. For over thirty years, scholars, students and Churchillians from around the world have gathered at our highly popular International Churchill Conferences held each year in the North America or the United Kingdom.
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The Society is participating in the development of the National Churchill Library (NCLC) and Center at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. This important facility provides a long-desired permanent home for Churchill studies, scholarship and education in the heart of Washington, DC, featuring exhibit space, a comprehensive research collection of materials about Churchill’s life and legacy and a wide range of programming including lectures, seminars and conferences.
Find our more information about the National Churchill Library and Center.
In 2016, the Society and the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, formed an alliance to better preserve the legacy of Winston Churchill. The Society, the NCLC, and NCM will share research and programming resources, and items from the Museum’s superb collection will be loaned on a rotating basis to the Library in Washington.
Find our more information about the National Churchill Museum.
Outreach to students and teachers is a key part of the Society’s activity. Our educational programs have included seminars for high school teachers held in cities across the United States and, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, at the Churchill Archives at Churchill College, Cambridge; customized programs for undergraduate and graduate students at individual institutions such as Purdue University, Miami University of Ohio, Ashland University and Hillsdale College; and lectures and seminars hosted in conjunction with other prominent organizations such as the Aspen Institute and the American Political Science Association.
The Society actively supports original scholarship by leading historians on Churchill’s life and has assisted in the publication of new editions of Churchill’s own works such as Great Contemporaries and The River War. Among other titles, the Society has supported and/or published are Churchill: An Uncomfortable Hero; A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill; Churchill and the Great Republic (in conjunction with the Library of Congress) and our highly popular Churchill fact book, The Churchill Companion. The Society also strives to ensure that the legacy of Winston Churchill remains prominent in the public eye, exemplified by our donation of a major bust of Churchill to the permanent collection of the United States Capitol.
Watch the dedication ceremony here.
Winston Churchill’s daughter The Lady Soames LG DBE served as the Society’s International Patron from 1984 until her death in 2014 at the age of 90. Lady Soames was a regular and enthusiastic participant in Society activities. The Churchill family remains actively involved in all aspect of the Society’s work including serving on our Board of Trustees and attending Conferences and other events.
‘The International Churchill Society and its members around the world play an extraordinarily important role in preserving the historic legacy of my great-grandfather, Sir Winston. My family and I sincerely urge Churchillians everywhere to join us in supporting the Society and participating in its many interesting activities.’
-Randolph S. Churchill