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Bulletin #80 – Feb 2015

A free journal published monthly by The Churchill CentreEditor: David Freeman, Ph.D.  Contact the Editor via e-mail here.

The Churchill Centre Launches New Website

New contemporary design is a hit with visitors and members alike

churchill at his deskIt is a rare day that The Churchill Centre does not receive an inquiry from a scholar, student or researcher requesting in-depth information on the life of Sir Winston Churchill.

Churchill himself never received a university education and felt this put him at a disadvantage. In October 1950 at Copenhagen University, he said, “I never had the advantage of a university education. But it is a great privilege and the more widely extended, the better for any country. It should not be looked upon as something to end with youth but as a key to open many doors of thought and knowledge. A university education ought to be a guide to the reading of a lifetime.”

The Churchill Centre’s website has become a definitive source for accurate information about Winston Churchill’s life for our one and half million annual visitors. If you have visited our website recently, you will have noticed that we have an exciting new design. The aim of the design was to modernise and simplify in order to aid visitors in quickly finding sought-after information. Perhaps you will even find yourself browsing compelling information that you might not have known existed.

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Churchill’s Finest Hour, 1940-1945

Exhibition Created by Danish Curator Back in Britain

Bjerre ExhibitFor the last four years the Churchill photo and fact exhibition “Churchill´s Finest Hour 1940—1945” has been on the road. Niels Bjerre of Copenhagen, who has been a member of The Churchill Center for twenty years, created the exhibit, which was officially opened in May 2011 by The Lord Mayor of Bristol at Bristol Central Library. Churchill was the Chancellor of Bristol University.

The exhibit later moved to Portsmouth and then Bletchley Park in time to coincide with the seventieth anniversary of Churchill´s secret and only visit to “Station X” on 6 September 1941. The display also appeared at the twenty-eighth International Churchill Conference in London.

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50th Anniversary of Churchill’s State Funeral

Special Issue of Finest Hour Will Record Ceremonies
Commemorating Churchill’s Death and Funeral

WA Sir Winston Churchill 02Across Britain and North America ceremonies took place during the last week of January to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of Sir Winston Churchill. The Churchill Centre will be producing a special issue of its journal Finest Hour to share the details and images of these events with its membership. Formal ceremonies took place at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London while many people made the pilgrimage to Bladon to lay flowers at Churchill’s final resting place. Read More >

RIP The Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert CBE, 1936-2015

Dean of Churchill Scholars Was a Great Historian and Humanitarian

Martin GilbertThe Churchill Centre is deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend and colleague Sir Martin Gilbert. Sir Martin passed away peacefully in London on 3 February after a long and serious illness.  He was 78. In addition to being the official biographer of Winston Churchill, he was a leading historian of the 20th century. Incredibly, he produced more than eighty books. As an author he wrote on topics that included both World Wars, Jewish studies and the Holocaust. As an editor he put together a dozen volumes of Churchill documents. He also produced a series of historical atlases. Read More >

2015 Churchill Leadership Award Dinner

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Will Be Honored
at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on 21 April

madeleine albrightThe Churchill Centre and The National Churchill Museum are pleased to announce that former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will receive their 2015 Winston Churchill Leadership Award at a gala dinner at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.   Announcing the Award, Churchill Centre Chairman Laurence Geller CBE noted, “Winston Churchill was a determined opponent of totalitarianism of both the left and right. It is thus especially appropriate that our two organizations honor Secretary Albright, whose own life bears eloquent witness to the impact of these twin evils in our time, for her lifetime of service to America and the world.” National Churchill Museum Chairman Jean-Paul Montupet added, “We are particularly pleased that legendary broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw and the Rt. Hon. David Miliband, the distinguished former British Foreign Secretary and current President of the International Rescue Committee, will join us for this gala evening.” Read More >

Churchill & Napoleon & Blenheim Palace

Andrew Roberts Compares Leaders at 32nd International Churchill Conference

Book Now to Attend 26-29 May 2015
churchill napoleonHistorian Andrew Roberts, author of the new award-winning biography Napoleon, will address the 32nd International Churchill Conference on Friday, 29 May in the grand setting of the Heythrop Park Hotel. Roberts has also written extensively about Winston Churchill in several books including Masters and Commanders and The Storm of War. Now he will compare Churchill and Napoleon as leaders. The conference will also include a day at Blenheim Palace, which was built for Churchill’s ancestor the first Duke of Marlborough, another great master of the battlefield. How will the Emperor measure up to the Prime Minister? For full details about the conference and to register, please CLICK HERE. The conference will take place from 26-29 May 2015. Read More >

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