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Inspired by Churchill: Zac’s Story

Joint Winner of the Inspire Like Churchill Essay Contest

“Hi, my name’s Zac Du Boulay. I’ve been fighting for my life since I was born because I couldn’t breathe, eat, speak or smile. I have spent a lot of time living in isolation in hospital and at home. 

…Before we had to go into lockdown, I sometimes felt too scared to leave the house because I’m scared of crowds and of people bullying me for being different, but I just have to believe in myself and be brave.”

Watch Zac’s full speech here.

Churchill knew the power of words. Eighty years ago he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. This year the International Churchill Society responded to the Covid-19 crisis by asking people to come up with their own words of inspiration. The prize money was to go to a hospital or healthcare charity of the winner’s choice.

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First Scholarly Research Appeal Launched into Churchill and Scotland

Press Release

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The official society studying the life and work of Winston Churchill has published an edition of its journal Finest Hour dedicated to Churchill and Scotland with a foreword by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The society is also launching an appeal for more information about Churchill’s many associations with Scotland to enable further study about how the famous wartime Prime Minister and the Scottish people affected one another.

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Sir John Major and Gordon Brown Appointed as Honorary Members

The International Churchill Society (ICS) is pleased to announce that The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH and The Rt Hon Gordon Brown have each agreed to be honorary members of the Society.

Following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Sir John Major was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997, and Gordon Brown held the office from 2007 to 2010.

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Winning Entries for the 2020 Essay/Video Contest

‘Inspire Like Churchill’ Essay/Video contest attracts nearly 600 entries

Nearly 600 entries were submitted for the ‘Inspire Like Churchill’ Essay/Video Contest. Entries came in from all around the world, including Bahrain, Haiti, Monaco, Taiwan, Norway, Armenia and Australia among others, with the majority of the entries coming in from North America and the United Kingdom.

Congratulations to all of the winners! The first prize and third prizes will be split between the tied winning entries.

Winning Entries

First Place Winners (Tie) – $5,000 to each of the nominated charities

United Kingdom
Nominated charitable organisation: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Watch Zac’s video here.

Delilah M
“In This Dark Hour”
New Jersey, United States
Age range, 14-18
Nominated charitable organisation: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Read Delilah’s entry here.

Second Place Winner – $2,500 to the nominated charity

Aaryan K
Chislehurst, Kent, United Kingdom
Age range, 13 or under
Nominated charitable organisation: Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough
Watch Aaryan’s entry here.

Third Place Winners (Tie) – $1,500 to each of the nominated charities

Michael R
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nominated charitable organisation: St Paul’s Foundation, Vancouver BC
Watch Michael’s video here.

Lisa K
“Coronavirus came like an assassin in the night.”
Manchester, United Kingdom
Age range, 25-39
Nominated charitable organisation: Blue Skies – Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Read Lisa’s entry here.

Churchill and Gandhi Stand for Tolerance

Mahatma Gandhi was murdered for agreeing with Winston Churchill. Today statues of both men stand in London’s Parliament Square. In early June 2020, the statue of Churchill was vandalized by a mob of protestors. The name “Churchill” engraved on the plinth was crossed through with black spray paint, and the words “was a racist” were added beneath. For good measure, the mob also vandalized the nearby statue of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, who was murdered by an avowed racist.

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Defacing the Churchill Statue in Parliament Square, London

Statement from the International Churchill Society regarding the defacing statue of Sir Winston S. Churchill in Parliament Square, London

The statue of Sir Winston S. Churchill stands in Parliament Square in London as a tribute to his efforts and leadership in defeating the greatest challenge to democracy in the twentieth century.  His place in history is virtually unparalleled.  Churchill was a man with the scars and blemishes of his age.  There is no doubt that he was a life-long imperialist and held many of the views on race and class that were common to his time.  However, he was also an active and consistent foe of anti-Semitism, a great admirer of the bravery of Muslim and Sikh soldiers with whom he served on the battlefield, and a vocal opponent of several imperial atrocities, including the Amritsar massacre.

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Inspire like Churchill for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time for reflection; a day to acknowledge the sacrifice made to preserve our freedoms by past generations. This year it is given added resonance by the struggle against Covid-19 and the toll it is taking on the most vulnerable in society and those who are fighting to save them.

Can you lift the spirits of those around you? Can you provide the words to help get us through these dark days? Just as Churchill’s oratory helped inspire the fight against fascism, we invite you to come up with your own words of inspiration to help guide people through this pandemic. The winning entry will receive $10,000 for a hospital, hospice or healthcare organisation of the winner’s choice.

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‘From Brooklyn to Blenheim and Beyond’

Randolph Churchill and Jennie Churchill present From Brooklyn to Blenheim and Beyond: The Influence of Winston Churchill’s Mother

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute in Phoenix, Arizona recently invited Randolph Churchill and his sister Jennie Churchill to be part of their Distinguished Speaker Series.

Author and eminent Churchillian Cita Stelzer coordinated with the O’Connor Institute on behalf of the International Churchill Society.

Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the nonpartisan institute continues her distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance civil discourse, civic engagement and civics education.

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The International Churchill Society and COVID 19

A Letter From The Chairman and The President

“The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all. That is clear. Disease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman, simply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the same way as the fire brigade will give its full assistance to the humblest cottage as readily as to the most important mansion.”

—Winston Churchill, Speech to the Royal College of Physicians, 2 March 1944

Dear Friends of the International Churchill Society,

In times of trouble and uncertainty, people continue to look to the words and example of Sir Winston Churchill for inspiration and guidance. We trust that all of you are safe and following the recommended guidelines for containing the spread of the virus.

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In the Age of COVID-19, Can You Inspire Like Churchill?

  • In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the International Churchill Society is launching a global competition inspired by the famous speeches of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister.
  • The competition – coinciding with the 75th anniversary of VE Day – asks participants to write or deliver an inspirational speech of hope in response to the current global challenges.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel including descendants of Winston Churchill, Randolph Churchill and Celia Sandys and ICS trustee Andrew Roberts, historian, and author of international bestseller Churchill: Walking with Destiny. The judging panel also includes leading experts Erik Larson – author of The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, Candice Millard – author of Hero of the Empire: the Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill,and historian, broadcaster and President of the British Academy, Sir David Cannadine.
  • The winner will receive a $10,000 donation for a frontline health organization, hospice or hospital of their choosing.

As we face the most severe global challenge since the Second World War, the International Churchill Society is launching a worldwide competition. With the 75th anniversary of VE Day on the 8th May and 10th May being the 80th anniversary of Churchill becoming Prime Minister, the Society is asking people to “Inspire like Churchill” and challenging them to mobilise the English language to stir hope and unity in the face of COVID-19.

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Inspire Like Churchill

Enter the ‘INSPIRE LIKE CHURCHILL’ Contest. Win £8,000/$10,000 for the health organisation of your choice. Make sure to enter by 30 May 2020.

Submit up to 300 of your own words to help inspire the world in today’s struggle against COVID 19. Your submission can take the form of a simple text document or a short 60-second video. Find more information here.

Inspire Like Churchill

Enter the ‘INSPIRE LIKE CHURCHILL’ Contest. Win £8,000/$10,000 for the health organisation of your choice. Make sure to enter by 30 May 2020.

Submit up to 300 of your own words to help inspire the world in today’s struggle against COVID 19. Your submission can take the form of a simple text document or a short 60-second video. Find more information here.

2019-2022 NCLC Fellowships Announced

Fellows of the National Churchill Library and Center announced


Anna Dove HeadshotAnna Dove

Dove is a Master’s student at George Washington University studying Political Management and Global Politics. Originally from Havre de Grace, MD, she currently resides in Washington, DC, where she works for Congressman Paul Cook, CA-08. She has been interested in foreign affairs for many years, focusing on international studies during her undergraduate education and travelling abroad to study culture, language, and history. She has also previously worked in state-level government, in a non-profit, and in the private sector. She likes to read, especially anything by Charles Dickens and loves to write. She is currently working on her second book. Winston Churchill is one of her political heroes, and she is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to study his massive influence on diplomacy.

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International Churchill Society Recognises the Chelsea Pensioner Veterans of WWII

Pensioners Honoured at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

On 13 November 2019, Jennie Churchill, the great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill and on behalf of the International Churchill Society (ICS) presented 41 ex-servicemen Chelsea pensioners, who are veterans of WW II, with a specially designed commemorative coin in recognition of their service. The Royal Hospital Chelsea (RHC) will also be presented with the ICS’s annual ‘Winston S. Churchill Leadership Award’.

The ICS commemorative coins were designed and hand produced by seasoned British silversmith Christopher Hamilton and are individually engraved with the names of each one of the 41 recipients.

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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

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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.