The International Churchill Society (formerly The Churchill Centre) was originally founded in 1968. This umbrella organisation for the Churchill enthusiast is dedicated to educating new generations on the leadership and statesmanship of Churchill.
With branches throughout the United States, and chapters and affiliate organisations in Australia, Canada, Israel, Portugal and the UK, the Society combines being a membership organisation with charitable programmes and conferences. It sponsors an International Churchill Conference and numerous regional events; Churchill tours in Britain, Australia, France, South Africa and Morocco; academic symposia; student seminars; and the periodic Churchill Lecture, in which prominent world figures apply Churchill’s experience to today’s issues.
With grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Society has conducted highly praised seminars for high school teachers in the USA and UK, to aid their appreciation and use of Churchill’s story in their local curricula.
Until her death in June 2014, the Patron of the International Churchill Society was The Lady Soames LG DBE, Churchill’s youngest daughter. From 1970 to 1979, the Patron was The Lord Mountbatten of Burma. The international headquarters are in Washington, D.C.