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2019 Pentland Design Competition Winner Announced

New Zealand student designs winning Pol Roger gift box

Tess Costil of AUT University, New Zealand, has been announced as this year’s winner of the Winston Churchill Design Competition 2019.

The competition, which is run by Pentland in collaboration with Champagne Pol Roger, The International Churchill Society and ARTS THREAD, offers design students and graduates the opportunity to design the packaging for a limited edition Magnum of Pol Roger Brut Reserve, using art that celebrates the paintings of Sir Winston Churchill.

In celebration of this joy the colours, subjects and influences of the design are drawn from Churchill’s last ever painted work The Goldfish pool at Chartwell. This 1962 painting focuses on Churchill’s favourite place, a pond in the garden of his beloved home where he could be found feeding the goldfish right up until the end of his days.

Contest winner Tess Costil

Miss Costil’s design pays homage to Churchill by uniting his love of champagne and oil painting. The design celebrates the enthusiasm, dedication and excitement Churchill experienced while taking a ‘joyride in his paint box’, as well as artfully respecting the Champagne Pol Roger style.

Winning design of the Pol Roger gift box.

Alongside a cash prize and trip to The Pol Roger vineyard Epernay, France, Tess has been offered a paid work placement at Pentland Brands’ global headquarters in London.

Runners up included Anne Morgan, Edinburgh College of Art, and Victoria Derby, University of Leeds. The competition judges included:

  • Laurence S. Gellar – Chairman, Trustees of the International Churchill Society
  • R. Stephen Rubin – Pentland Group Chairman
  • Laurent d’Harcourt – CEO of Pol Roger
  • Jennie Churchill – great-grandaughter of Sir Winston Churchill
  • Marina Brouger – great-grandaughter of Sir Winston Churchill
  • Freya Miller – Marketing Manager, Pol Roger
  • Barry Phipps – Churchill College, Cambridge, History of Art
  • Alex Brownless – Director, ARTS THREAD
  • Katie Greenyer – Creative Talent and Network Director, Pentland Brands

Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent and Network Director at Pentland Brands, said: “We received some incredible entries which made this year’s judging both the hardest and the most exciting yet! It’s always inspiring meeting such passionate and talented young designers, and I never fail to be impressed at the calibre of the designs we receive. Congratulations to our winners and we’d like to wish all our entrants the very best for the future.”

While many regard Sir Winston Churchill as the greatest statesman of the twentieth century, few know that he was an avid oil painter whose works were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was also a loyal customer and friend of the Pol Roger family until his death in 1965.

The Jennie Churchill Fund

The new fund, named for Sir Winston Churchill’s great-granddaughter, is now available to support projects by researchers and students.

Allen Packwood, the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge, announced the creation of a new fund to support broader public access to the Churchill Papers and related vast collections at the Archives Centre at Cambridge University.

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NCLC Research Graduate Fellowship Program

Nigel West Visits the NCLC

Churchill’s Spy Files

Nigel West visited the National Churchill Libray and Center a discussion of his new book, Churchill’s Spy Files, about the wartime prime minister’s relationship with MI5, Britain’s domestic security service.


Leadership Transition at the ICS and the NCLC

Leadership Transition Under Way at The International Churchill Society and The National Churchill Library and Center

Immediate Release:
Friday, 7 December 2018

Press Release

Washington, D.C. Since opening in 2016, The National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) at The George Washington University (GW) has established itself as an important part of the GW community and the broader world of Churchill scholarship and studies. As the NCLC moves into its next stage, Michael F. Bishop has stepped down as Director of the NCLC and Executive Director of The International Churchill Society (ICS).

GW and ICS will commence a comprehensive international search for a suitable replacement to carry the NCLC through its next stage of growth and development and to maintain the ICS position as the leading Churchill member organization worldwide.

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Winston Churchill: A Legacy of Leadership

“Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library,” so claimed Winston Churchill.

A new exhibition, Winston Churchill: A Legacy of Leadership, featuring nearly 70 items from America’s National Churchill Museum opened Saturday, November 17 at the Midland County Library in Midland, Texas.

The extensive exhibition contains original letters, photographs, documents, paintings, and other items from the National Churchill Museum and private collections.

The exhibition also includes several videos about Churchill produced by the National Churchill Museum.

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Jennie Churchill Opens the ‘Churchill’s Shakespeare’ Exhibit By Jennie Churchill

Opening remarks by Jennie Churchill for the ‘Churchill’s Shakespeare’ exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

My great grandfather first visited the United States in 1895, just before his twentieth birthday.

At that time, he did not like your press or your currency but he did love your hospitality.

It was on his first visit  to Washington, D.C. in 1900 that he met the first on many Presidents of the `United States

That President was William McKinley.

He was to be the first of very many with whom, Winston met and developed relationships

Famously, Churchill is rightly credited with developing the modern special relationship between our two countries.

Given that he was himself the product of an Anglo-American special relationship this was not only a strategic necessity but a natural evolution.

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The Art & Leadership of Winston Churchill A panel discussion at the George W Bush Presidential Center

Allen Packwood, the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge, recently took part in a panel discussion in Dallas, Texas at the George W Bush Presidential Center. Packwood participated in the discussion on Churchill’s leadership, together with the historians Professor David Reynolds, Professor of International History at Cambridge, and Professor David Woolner, Senior Fellow and resident historian of the Roosevelt Institute.

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Historian Andrew Roberts on Churchill as an Historian Roberts addresses the International Churchill Conference

Why should we melt down our moral capital collected by our forefathers to please a lot of pacifists? I would send a telegram beginning, “Nothing for nothing and precious little for tuppence.”‘

-Winston S Churchill

Visit C-SPAN to watch the presentation.

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National History Day Competition 2018 Supported by Churchill Archive for Schools

The 2018 theme is Conflict and Compromise in History

The National Contest for the National History Day® competition is the final stage of a series of contests at local and state/affiliate levels. Students begin their journey by presenting their projects in classrooms, schools, and districts around the world. Top entries are invited to the state/affiliate level contests. The top two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are then invited to the National Contest.

The 2018 National Contest will be held June 10-14, 2018 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Each year the National History Day competition frames students’ research within a specific historical theme.

“The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.”

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Visiting Chartwell Again After Sixty-Five Years By Jonathan Dudley

Author Jonathan Dudley recounts visiting Chartwell as a child in Winston, Churchill and Me – a memoir of childhood 1944-1950. Get your copy at here.

A couple of years ago, that would be in 2015, I decided to take myself back to Chartwell. I had just finished writing the first full draft of a short memoir capturing the strangeness and the wonder of staying there with Mr and Mrs Churchill in the summer of 1949 and again in 1950. In 1949 I was eight years old–classrooms at my all-boys school in London were furnished with double-desks, each one shared by two boys sitting side by side.  The little boy I was told to sit next to in this our final year at the school couldn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, be described as my great friend – I had hardly spoken to him during the two or three years we had been at this expensive private school in South Kensington. Nevertheless, Winston, for that was his name, mentioned one day that his grandmother had asked him to bring a friend when he went to stay with her and his grandfather in their country house in Kent this summer. “Would I,” he asked me solemnly, “like to be that friend?”

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Gary Oldman to Play Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’ Film to be released on 22 November 2017

The much-anticipated film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill will be officially released to theatres on 22 November 2017. Attendees of the 34th International Churchill Conference will be treated to an exclusive preview screening during the conference on 10-12 October 2017 in New York City.

Darkest Hour portrays the early first premiership of Winston Churchill in the spring of 1940. France and the low countries were collapsing and the British Empire was left on its own to face the Nazi threat. This exclusive screening will take place on the evening of the first day of the conference following a reception at the Essex House Hotel.

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The Churchill Companion begins with a 100-year Timeline of Churchill’s life from his birth in 1874 to the death of his wife Clementine in 1977. Subsequent chapters list Churchill’s books; recommended books about him; his BBC broadcasts from 1938 to 1945; dramatic productions in film and television; elections fought by Churchill; the family tree; leading articles in the journal Finest Hour; the 1965 funeral service; a glossary of Parliamentary and political terms; British governments, sovereigns and prime ministers; Churchill’s honors, orders, decorations and medals; his favorite hotels; his military commissions; a military glossary, leading Churchill myths; government offices held; British political parties; Churchill residences and holiday accommodations; Parliamentary, personal and private secretaries; the British nobility; World War II summit conferences; all Churchill’s race horses; his travel by sea; his travels in North America, his travels in World War II, and the Visitors Book at Chartwell.

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On Tour: Churchill’s Finest Hour, 1940-45

For the first time, the international Churchill photo exhibition Churchill’s Finest Hour, 1940-45 will be on show in Portugal.

The exhibition is produced by Niels Bjerre from Copenhagen, Denmark. Bjerre has been interested in Churchill’s life since the early 1990´s. It was his visit to the Churchill War Rooms in London in 1987 gave him the inspiration to create the photo exhibition of the “Greatest Briton”.

‘Like many other countries which were occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War we Danes see Winston Churchill as the one who saved the free world. He succeeded in kindling the spirit of the British people and also everyone who wanted to take a stand against dictatorship! Here is this man who comes into history and gives the inspiration of leadership and charts the way for the people to go. I was also so lucky to know Churchill’s daughter Lady Soames (1922-2014) over many years. She always showed interest in what other “Churchillians” were doing around the world’, says Niels Bjerre.

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