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Bulletin #112 – Oct 2017

Churchill the International Statesman Churchill Conference Triumphs in New York

The Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference went from triumph to triumph this month at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City. Meeting from the 10th through the 12th in the capital of the world, the conference ranged across the spectrum of Churchill’s career with speakers that included Gen. David Petraeus, Andrew Roberts, and Lady Williams—who worked as a secretary for Churchill for six years.

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Lady Williams Speaks Churchill’s Secretary Shares Her Memories at 2017 Conference

Lady Williams of Elvel, who as Jane Portal served as a secretary to Winston Churchill from 1949 to 1955, received a standing ovation after speaking in conversation with Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys at the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference in New York City. For one hour, the two women shared their memories of the busy life of the Greatest Briton. To watch the full video, please click here. Read More >

Churchill Leadership Award to General David Petraeus Recognition by the International Churchill Society

The 2017 Winston S. Churchill Leadership Award was presented to General David Petraeus at the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference. In presenting the award, International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller stated that the general perfectly exemplified Churchillian Leadership. Read More >

Darkest Hour Screened for Churchillian Audience Director Joe Wright Speaks at Churchill Conference

Darkest Hour, a new film starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill during his first days as Prime Minister in 1940, received a special preview screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of the opening night of the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference. The director of the movie, Joe Wright, spoke immediately after the film in conversation with Michael Bishop, the Executive Director of the International Churchill Society. Read More >

Queen Anne Rules West End Play Features Churchill's Ancestors

Review by ANNE SEBBA

The bravest soul. The keenest mind. The greatest woman of her time. Is that how Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, is remembered to posterity?

These powerful words are Sarah Churchill’s cri de coeur as she exits the stage of Queen Anne, a gripping new play about the twelve-year reign (1702–14) of the last Stuart Queen of England and her friendship with the wife of the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill. But Sarah is by this time a desperate figure who fears that the power and influence she craves, and has previously enjoyed, is slipping from her grasp. When the play opens, the nervous and sickly Princess Anne hangs on her friend’s every word. But the former Sarah Jennings pushes too hard, manipulating, scheming, and determined to wield power over the Queen, her intimate and vulnerable confidante since childhood. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Lord Randolph Election Certificate


This month’s article offers a slight departure from the usual presentation of artifacts documenting the career of Sir Winston Churchill. Included here is a certificate presented to a supporter of Lord Randolph Churchill the day after his election to parliament in 1880. Read More >

Lord Watson Speaks News from the National Churchill Museum

On Saturday, October 14th, a meeting took place of the Association of Churchill Fellows of Westminster College, which is the home of the National Churchill Museum of the United States. The Fellows met at the Racquet Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator Timothy Riley delivered a positive report about the State of the Museum and its many outreach activities. The Rt. Hon. the Lord Watson of Richmond, who is a member of the ICS Board, then gave a talk about the leadership.

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