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Bulletin #114 – Dec 2017

Queen Mary Recognizes Churchill Famed Ship Opens New Exhibit

Members of the International Churchill Society gathered aboard the RMS Queen Mary on December 8th to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the ship’s arrival in Long Beach, California with the opening of a new exhibit. “Their Finest Hours: Winston Churchill and the Queen Mary” was officially dedicated by Sir Winston’s great-granddaughter Jennie Churchill and International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller. Watch a short video of the highlights.

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Churchill Honored in Washington A Capitol Birthday

November 30, the 143rd birthday of Sir Winston Churchill, was the occasion of a brief burst of bipartisanship as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan hosted a toast to Churchill in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol that was also attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and about 120 guests. Read More >

Speaking for Herself New Clementine Churchill Exhibition at Chartwell

Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s home in Kent, has opened a new exhibition Clementine Churchill: Speaking for Herself, focusing on the extraordinary life of Churchill’s beloved wife Clementine. The exhibition at the National Trust property features items that have never been publicly displayed before, including treasured childhood photographs and a portrait by Paul Maze, the Post Impressionist artist. Read More >

The Art of Winston Churchill New Exhibit in Palm Beach

“A Man for All Seasons: The Art of Winston Churchill” opened this month at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. It is a joint project between the Society and the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College that features twenty-four Churchill paintings along with rarely seen photographs, film clips, portraits, historic objects, letters, and documents, including the near-final draft of the “Iron Curtain” speech. Also included in the exhibit is a life-size reproduction of Breakthrough, the extraordinary sculpture comprised of sections of the Berlin Wall by artist and Churchill granddaughter Edwina Sandys MBE. Read More >

Six Minutes in May How Churchill Became PM

Nicholas Shakespeare, Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister, Harvill Secker, 2017, 508 pages, £20. ISBN 978-1846559723

Review by PETER CLARKE

Nicholas Shakespeare has made his reputation as a novelist rather than as an historian. But for vindication of his claim that “the writing of history need not be the domain solely of academics and specialists,” we need look no further than the book he has written about Churchill’s emergence in May 1940 as leader of the embattled British people. This was surely their direst hour, if we go by the meaning of “dire” in the Oxford English Dictionary, which simply quotes Dr. Johnson’s eighteenth-century definition: “Dreadful, dismal, mournful, horrible, terrible, evil in a great degree.” All of these adjectives could be applied to the abortive British campaign in Norway, which failed to prevent German occupation and gave Hitler the green light for the successive invasion of France through the Low Countries. In the meantime, Neville Chamberlain was replaced by Winston Churchill in little less than a political revolution, installing a broad-based coalition government that lasted until its mission to deliver victory in Europe was finally achieved in 1945. Read More >

The Churchill Quiz—Winter Edition 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 International Churchill Society website. The latest installment is now available. CLICK HERE to view the winter edition of the quiz. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Smoking Cabinet

By BRIAN KRAPF

Smoking cabinets have been a mainstay of British homes for centuries. Many times, they hang on the wall in a sitting room and are a designated storage place for pipes, tobacco, and other smoking necessities. This particular cabinet is unique and rare, as it has the image of the world’s foremost cigar enthusiast—Winston Churchill—carved into door. Made of oak, the cabinet measures two feet tall and a foot wide. Read More >

Great War Trench Art New Exhibit at National Churchill Museum

A new exhibit, “From Swords to Plowshares: Trench Art from the Great War,” features more than 110 objects crafted by soldiers and artists from artillery shells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, currency, and other miscellaneous objects. Called “trench art,” the objects have been transformed into vases, elaborate lamps, cigarette lighters, and ashtrays as well as other artistic works. Folk art designs with elaborate engraving and repoussé work have been incorporated into the works. Read More >

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