HM The Queen to Bestow OBE on Allen Packwood,
Director of the Churchill Archives Centre
It was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List that Allen Packwood is to be recognized by Her Majesty as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to archives and scholarship. Packwood, a member of The Churchill Centre’s Board of Trustees, will now become entitled to use the post nominals “OBE” after his name. “I was thrilled to see you have today received your very well deserved OBE,” Randolph Churchill wrote to Packwood, “There will be many who will be delighted to see that you have been properly recognised.” Read More >
Famous Caricature of Young Winston by Vanity Fair’s
Sir Leslie Ward (“Spy”) to go Under the Hammer
The original watercolour of a twenty-five-year-old Winston Churchill drawn by the famous artist Sir Leslie Ward just days before Churchill was first elected to parliament as the Conservative member for Oldham in 1900 is now offered for private sale. It is the first great portrait of Churchill as a young man and is accompanied by a signed letter from the subject confirming his appointment for the sitting.
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Cunard Vessel Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Gala Party and Exhibition of Ten Paintings by Churchill
Thirty members of The Churchill Centre were among the 400 guests attending a gala party on May 26th to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Royal Mail Ship Queen Mary. Randolph Churchill and his wife Catherine headed a VIP list that included Lord Watson of Richmond and HM Consul General in Los Angeles, Christopher O’Connor. All three spoke about the importance of the ship in Winston Churchill’s career and in the history of Anglo-American relations. To view Randolph’s speech, please CLICK HERE. After the banquet, guests joined Randolph on the fantail of the ship for brandy and cigars. Proceeds went to benefit the Queen Mary Heritage Fund. Read More >
Test Your Knowledge of Churchill!
By JIM LANCASTER
The popular Churchill Quiz is published exclusively online. Find out if you know as much about Sir 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 instalment is now available. To view the SUMMER edition of the quiz, please CLICK HERE
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New Column Focuses on Churchill Collectables
By BRIAN KRAPF
The Chartwell Bulletin is happy to begin a new monthly feature examining the world of Churchill Collectables. Besides being an accomplished civil trial lawyer and partner of the Lasky Cooper Law Group in Savannah, Georgia, the column editor, Brian E. Krapf, is one of the foremost collectors and conservators of political Americana: buttons, badges, posters, banners, china, textiles, glassware, and other items produced for America’s Presidential campaigns. Likewise, Mr. Krapf has an avid and passionate interest in the career of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and has assembled one of the premiere collections in the United States of Churchill memorabilia from the era of the Second World War. His first contribution starts below.
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Sir Martin Gilbert’s Indexes Have Been Digitized
By LADY (ESTHER) GILBERT
There are tens of thousands of pages in the Official Churchill Biography—but what if you are looking for specific information on Gallipoli? Enigma and the German plans to invade Britain? Churchill’s relationship with Clementine, with Halifax, with Pétain, with Stalin, with “Admiral Q”? How to know where to look, which volume of narrative, which edition of documents, to find the characters and events that spanned Churchill’s life, those he touched, those who worked with him, those he influenced? If you have the book, you could look it up in the Index. But which volume—which volumes—cover it? And taken altogether the Indexes for the complete biography runs to 711 pages—a weighty tome in itself! Read More >
Dinner at the State Department
The thirty-third International Churchill Conference in Washington, D. C. (27–29 Oct.) will be highlighted by a black-tie banquet in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the US Department of State. Named after the “Father of the American Foreign Service,” this is the primary room used to entertain both foreign and American guests. At far the end of the room hangs a portrait of Benjamin Franklin painted by David Martin in London (1767). The Great Seal of the United States decorates the center of the ceiling, along with eight Adam-style, cut-glass chandeliers. The floor is covered with a Savonnerie-style carpet that includes symbols of the four important crops of the early Republic, the four seasons, and, in the field, fifty stars representing the States of the Union. For booking details and to see the full program, please click on the Read More tab below. Read More >