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Bulletin #81 – Mar 2015

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

Remembering Winston S. Churchill (1940-2010)

Remembering Sir Winston’s grandson five years on

winston churchill01Winston S. Churchill, grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and a long-time friend and Trustee of The Churchill Centre , died five years ago this month. His contributions to preserving the historic legacy of his grandfather and his support for The Churchill Centre are deeply remembered by Churchillians in Britain, America and around the world.

Winston was born at Chequers on October 10, 1940 during the first months of his grandfather’s service as Prime Minister; his parents were the Prime Minister’s only son Randolph and Pamela Digby, later Pamela Harriman. After graduating from Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, he became an internationally recognized journalist, author and war correspondent. Winston entered the House of Commons at age twenty-nine, serving for twenty-seven consecutive years. After leaving Parliament in 1997, he was a much sought-after lecturer and edited a popular collection of his grandfather’s speeches, Never Give In.

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Churchill Speaking Competition

English Speaking Union Sponsors Event at Churchill College

ESU1Over 400 teams entered the English Speaking Union’s Churchill Public Speaking Competition this year in the United Kingdom. Across the branches of the ESU, winners have been selected, and will be progressing to participate in one of the eight regional finals taking place between 22 February and 16 March. To watch a video about the competition, please CLICK HERE.

The National Final will take place at Churchill College Cambridge on 25 April. Details and ticketing information will become available over the coming weeks.

The Public Speaking Competition for Schools was started in 1960 by the Brighton and Hove branch of the ESU. It has evolved to become a highly respected national competition, which provides an opportunity for young people to develop the skills of effective, spoken English.

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New Website Brings Together All Things Churchill

10520700 1474034449508615 27271953994122197 oThe fiftieth anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill sees the launch of a new website commemorating his life work and achievements. Churchill Central will further advance Sir Winston’s legacy for future generations. is a hub for Churchill-related organizations to collaborate and share content that is of great value to all those interested in the life and legacy of Winston Churchill. It is a unique resource for users that informs and inspires.

You can learn about the different stages in Churchill’s life, from the time he was a child through to his years as an elder statesman. You can also explore themes based on aspects of his multi-faceted character. A unique interactive timeline allows users to navigate their way through all the key years in his long and varied life, as well as exploring events and developments taking place elsewhere in the world.

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Own A Portrait of Churchill

Portrait to be Auctioned at 32nd International Churchill Conference
Oxfordshire 26–29 May 2015

IMG 1595A portrait of Sir Winston Churchill by noted artist Basia Hamilton will be auctioned at this year’s International Churchill Conference. Basia married the great nephew of Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton, a good friend of Churchill’s, who commanded British troops at Gallipoli. She has painted many members of the Royal Family as well as members of the Churchill family. In 2009 she created this portrait of Sir Winston using pastels on board. The dimensions are 23″X25″. This is an exciting opportunity to own a painting by an artist whose sitters included the Queen Mother and Pope John Paul II. For more information about the conference and to register, please CLICK HERE. Read More >

The End of the Beginning

January Commemorations Give Way to Year of Education

churchill funeralPlanning for the official commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death began four years ago. Historian Sir David Cannadine recalls how the coordinating body, Churchill 2015, came into being and what still remains to be done this year.

The idea for Churchill 2015 originated over a dinner at Brooks’s Club in London in the autumn of 2011. There were only two people present, Mary Soames and myself. Some time before I had sent Mary a letter, suggesting that, since the fiftieth anniversary of her father’s death was not all that far off, it might be a good idea to ponder how that anniversary would be marked, and how the many organizations that made up the international Churchill world might be involved. Read More >

Churchill & “Expression des Dardanelles”

The Gallipoli Campaign Seen Through Art

Henry Valensi. Expression des Dardanelles 1917Historians of art, especially specialists of early-twentieth century French avant-garde movements, are familiar with the experimental work of Henry Valensi (1883–1960), one of the prime movers of ‘Musicalisme’. He made a name for himself in 1912, when he took part in the Salon de la Section d’Or in Paris, with other famous avant-gardistes like Marcel Duchamp or Picabia.

What is less well known is that he participated in the Dardanelles campaign on the French side, after joining the Army as a volunteer. General Gouraud, commander-in-chief of the French Expeditionary Force in 1915, made him an official painter on his Staff. Valensi then made a large number of sketches and watercolours, some as preparatory work for full-size oils. In 1917, he had a personal Exhibition at the prestigious Galerie Druet, Paris, with apparently over a hundred drawings and paintings. Many went into State collections, and are now deposited at the Hôtel des Invalides (Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine).

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The Churchill Quiz—Spring Edition

Test Your Knowledge of Churchill!

Churchill QuizThe popular Churchill Quiz is now published exclusively online. Find out if you know as much about Winston Churchill as you think you do and learn something new in the process. Each new edition of the quarterly feature is uploaded to The Churchill Centre website. The latest installment is now available. To view the spring edition of the quiz, please CLICK HERE. Read More >

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