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35th International Churchill Conference November 9-11, 2018

Location: Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that the Thirty-fifth International Churchill Conference will be held at the historic Williamsburg Lodge at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on November 9-11, 2018. Hotel reservations can be made here.

The conference will get underway with a reception on Friday, November 9th at 6 PM and conclude Sunday, November 11th  at 12 noon. The final day of the conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought to an end the First World War.

The keynote for our thirty-fifth international conference will be by Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (ret.), Supreme Court of the United States.

This year’s speakers will include Emma Soames, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Edward Lengel, Daniel Todman, John Bew, Mitchell Reiss, Brough Scott and Felix Klos.

During the conference, historian Andrew Roberts will speak about his major new Churchill biography Walking with Destiny, which will be published in the autumn of 2018.

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34th International Churchill Conference October 10-12, 2017

Location: The Essex House Hotel, New York, NY

The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference will be held in the historic Essex House Hotel in New York City on 10-12 October 2017.

Registration is now open. Early-bird tickets are available for a limited time. Follow this link to register today.

Download the full conference program here.

Conference Highlights

Tuesday, October 10

  • Greenwood Cemetery tour, location of the Jerome family crypt
  • Michael Korda, “Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk” speaking at Chartwell Booksellers
  • Opening Reception followed by Preview screening of the new Churchill film Darkest Hour (Blenheim ticket holders only) starring Gary Oldman

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The 33rd International Churchill Conference – A Full Recap of Proceedings

Watch the archive of the conference sessions at C-SPAN

The 33rd International Churchill Conference took place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 27-29, 2016. The conference coincided with the opening of the new National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) at The George Washington University on October 29, 2016. 

The full programme of events is listed here. Click each image to watch the full session at C-SPAN.

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Opening Remarks

  • David Freeman, Conference Chairman
  • Lee Pollock, Retiring ICS Executive Director
  • Laurence Geller, ICS Chairman
  • Michael Bishop, NCLC Director and ICS Executive Director

Conference Chairman David Freeman opened the conference, followed by retiring Executive Director Lee Pollock introducing The International Churchill Society (ICS) Chairman Laurence Geller. At the end of Geller’s remarks, he introduces Michael Bishop, the newly appointed Director of the NCLC and Executive Director of ICS. 

Laurence S. Geller CBE, is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Churchill Society and Chairman of Geller Capital Partners. An accomplished businessman and entrepreneur, he has more than forty-five years experience in the lodging industry having led multi-national, hospitality corporations. Mr. Geller serves on the board of Michels & Taylor (U.K) and previously served as Chairman of the IREFAC for six non-consecutive terms. Mr. Geller is active in many philanthropic organizations including service on the boards of Choose Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, British American Business Council, and the American Jewish Committee. He is also Chairman of the UK Dementia Appeal Board. A graduate of Ealing Technical College, Mr. Geller is Chancellor of the University of West London. On 31 December 2011, Mr. Geller was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Conference Examines Life Legacy Winston Churchill   Video   C-SPAN orgYou can also read International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller’s opening remarks here.
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31st International Churchill Conference

“Fighting and Writing”

The Churchill Centre and the Churchill Society of New Orleans partnered with the National World War II Museum to host the 31st International Churchill Conference, in New Orleans.

The conference took place on April 3-5, 2014, which was the 70th anniversary year of Operation Overlord. Overlord was the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944.


The National Churchill Library and Center will be opening at The George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2016.

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32nd International Churchill Conference

Churchill: Celebrating a Life

The 32nd International Churchill Conference took place in Oxfordshire, England in May 2015 at the Heythrop Park Hotel. Follow this link for the full conference programme.

Welcome by Conference President and Churchill granddaughter Celia Sandys and Conference Chairman Derek Greenwell

Tribute to the late Lady Soames by Craig Horn with an introduction by Celia Sandys

Session 1: Why celebrate Churchill’s Life? Jonathan Dimbleby (Chairman), Professor Sir David Cannadine and Professor Margaret Macmillan

Session 1: Why celebrate Churchill’s Life? Q&A

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Craig Horn Honours the Memory of Lady Soames

Eminent Churchillian recalls fond memories Patron Lady Soames

Craig Horn of North Carolina remember our friend and former Patron Lady Soames at the 32nd Annual Churchill Conference in Oxfordshire, England.

Boris Johnson Q&A Session

Mayor of London and UK MP Boris Johnson answers questions from the audience

After his address to the 32nd Annual Conference, Boris Johnson entertained the crowd answering questions from the conference delegates.

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Conference Chairman Addresses the Delegates

Derek Greenwell opens the proceedings for the 32nd Annual Churchill Conference

Boris Johnson Presents to Annual Churchill Conference

Watch Boris Johnson’s ‘Churchill Factor’ Presentation at the 32nd International Churchill Conference

The Hon Boris Johnson MP and Mayor of London, was introduced to the speeches of Sir Winston Churchill from a very early age. He recalls his father reciting Churchill’s speeches and used this as inspiration to write his recent book on Sir Winston Churchill. He identified what made Churchill great as the ‘Churchill Factor’.

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