October 29, 2019

The 36th International Churchill Conference will take place on October 29-31, 2019 at the Washington Georgetown Marriott in Washington, D.C. just a half-mile from the National Churchill Library and Center.

This year’s conference theme is Churchill: Masters of our Fate.

The month of the conference coincides with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Churchill’s involvement in the Cold War (he famously coined the term “Iron Curtain” in 1946) will be explored by leading scholars.

The opening night reception will take place at Anderson House, the historic headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, on Tuesday, October 29. Winston Churchill visited Anderson House during a trip to Washington, D.C. on January 16, 1952.

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Following the conclusion of the conference on October 31 at noon, there will be a screening of Churchill and the Movie Mogul, a brilliant new documentary by filmmaker John Fleet about Winston Churchill’s relationship with Alexander Korda, the primary founder of the British film industry. Fleet, who wrote about this subject in Finest Hour 179, will speak directly after the screening.

Award-winning author Andrew Roberts, author of the best-selling biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny, has joined our lineup of speakers.

More program details will be posted during the coming months. We look forward to seeing you in Washington this October.

Tickets are now on sale. Reserve your place

Download the full conference program here. 

Conference Schedule

Monday, October 28

  • Young Churchillians reception at National Churchill Library

Tuesday, October 29

  • Optional Tour 1 – George Washington’s Mt. Vernon with lunch
  • Optional Tour 2 – Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens with lunch
  • Opening Reception, Anderson House
  • Welcoming remarks by Celia Sandys
  • “Churchill and the Society of the Cincinnati” presented by Gregory Smith

Wednesday, Oct 30

  • Opening remarks by Laurence Geller and Lee Pollock
  • Klaus Larres, “Churchill and Germany, 1945–55”
  • Angela Stent, “Yalta Then and Now: Churchill, Stalin, and the Division of Europe”
  • Jill Rose, “Nursing Churchill”
  • Timothy Riley, “An Imaginative Concept: 50 Years in Fulton”
  • John Maurer, “Churchill and the Outbreak of the Second World War”
  • Edwina Sandys presents “Breakthrough, Fulton, and the Berlin Wall”
  • Leonard Maltin, “Churchill and the Movies”
  • Andrew Roberts, “The State of Churchill’s Reputation Today”
  • Reception & Dinner with Keynote Speech by Admiral James Stavridis

Thursday, October 31

  • John von Heyking in conversation with James W. Muller “Churchill on Politics as Friendship”
  • Aurelia Young, “Finding Nemon”
  • Piers Brendon, “Churchill’s Menagerie”
  • John Fleet, “Churchill and the Movie Mogul” with film screening
  • Closing Remarks by Celia Sandys
  • Reception for Blenheim Package buyers

Download a pdf copy of the Conference Schedule here. 

Optional Tours

The first day of the 36th International Churchill Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Georgetown Marriott October 29–31, will include an optional tour to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home on the banks of the Potomac River. 

In place of Mt. Vernon, attendees may also choose to tour Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington that is the former residence of businesswoman, philanthropist, and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood is known for its decorative arts collection that focuses heavily on a Russian collection that includes Fabergé eggs and one of the country’s finest collections of orchids.

The two separate tours are scheduled for the same time on Tuesday, October 29th, so it is necessary to choose one or the other. Tour admission is automatically included for all Blenheim Package ticket holders. If you prefer not to select the Blenheim Package, you may still sign up for either tour when you register for the conference at a cost of $50 per person.


A block of rooms has been reserved at special conference rates, which you can book online directly with Marriott here.

If you prefer to book your rooms by phone, you can do so on the Marriott Group Reservations line. Please quote ‘International Churchill Conference.’

Reservations Toll-Free: 877-212-5752
Reservations Local Phone: 1-506-474-2009

More details to be released soon.

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