The International Churchill Society
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The Sir Martin Gilbert Churchill Conversations are a series of virtual events in honour of the late Churchill biographer which discuss new scholarship and perspectives on the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. Find out more about Sir Martin Gilbert here.
The online conversations will be moderated by Professor Shirli Gilbert and Mr Allen Packwood. They are free and open to all. Find the registration details and biographies of the speakers below.
Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern Jewish History at University College London and Academic Director of the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre.
Gilbert obtained her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. She writes and teaches widely on the Holocaust and its legacies, modern Jewish identity, and Jews in South Africa. Her publications include Music in the Holocaust (2005), From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2017), and most recently, with Avril Alba, Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World (2019).
Allen Packwood is the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, home to the voluminous personal papers of Sir Winston Churchill, and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is a qualified archivist and the author of the book How Churchill Waged War (Pen & Sword, 2018).
In 2016 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to archives and scholarship. He regularly gives public talks about the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. He is a former Executive Director of ICS UK and is about to begin an important new international role for the Society.
Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre
It seeks to widen the reach of historical study and enable better understanding of the dynamic relationship between past, present, and future. The Centre offers a wide range of research-based lectures, courses and conversations, and also runs the Sir Martin Gilbert History prize, a competition for secondary school students to develop their skills as historians through scholarly engagement with primary sources.
Tue 9 March, 17:00 (BST)
Dr Adrian Crisp, will talk to Dr Allister Vale and Dr John Scadding about their definitive new book Winston Churchill’s Illnesses 1886-1965. Churchill famously claimed that he did smoke, did drink and was two hundred per cent fit. In reality he came close to death several times and had to overcome some serious health problems.
Dr Crisp pursued a strong interest in medical education and was associate dean in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine for 7 years and Director of Studies in clinical medicine at Churchill College, Cambridge for 19 years. He has been a fellow of Churchill College since 1993. Since retiring from clinical medical practice in 2018 Dr Crisp has pursued his interest in 20th century history and is chair of the Churchill Archives Committee at the College. His first historical novel, Colonel Belchamp’s Battlefield Tour, was published in 2017.
Tue 23 March, 17:00 (BST)
Allen Packwood will talk to Emma Soames, granddaughter of Sir Winston, and authors, Rachel Trethewey and Catherine Katz about the young women who supported their father. Winston and Clementine had four daughters, Diana, Sarah, Marigold (who sadly died in infancy) and Mary. What was it like to be one of the daughters of the most famous man in the world and to find yourself playing a role on the global stage? How did these very different sisters react to the pressures, what were their unique contributions and how should they be remembered?
Tue 13 April, 17:00 (BST)
Allen Packwood will talk to Professor Richard Toye and Mr Felix Klos about a subject that has reverberated throughout the Brexit debate. What was Churchill’s view on European union, did it change over time and what role did he envisage for Great Britain?
Churchill’s Dramatic Legacy
Tue 27 April, 17:00 (BST)
Allen Packwood and Lord (Michael) Dobbs will discuss Churchill’s legacy on stage and screen. How do you bring a character like Winston Churchill to life for a new generation?
'What could be done for the Dardanelles campaign, and then for every subsequent controversy with which Churchill was involved (and there were far more than I had realized), was to explain exactly what he was trying to do, why he wanted to do it, how he set about it, and the way in which he confronted the various obstacles, whether of nature or of individuals, that were found along the way. I wanted to be able to establish the chain of events and circumstances within which he worked.'
— Sir Martin Gilbert
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8 JANUARY 1915. (CRISIS II, 68.) WSC TO SIR JOHN FRENCH, FIRST COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, 1914–15.
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Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
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2021 Virtual Churchill Conference
8-10 October 2021
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