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Bulletin #124 – Oct 2018

Last Call for Williamsburg 35th Annual Churchill Conference

The 2018 International Churchill Conference is less than one month away, but there is still time to register. The conference will take place in Virginia’s historic Colonial Williamsburg, November 9–11. This year’s theme will be “Churchill: Walking with Destiny.” The conference will conclude with a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. The full schedule is posted below.

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Churchill: Walking with Destiny A Heroic Biography for the Greatest Briton

Review by JOHN CAMPBELL

Andrew Roberts, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, (US) Viking, $40, ISBN 978–1101980996; (UK) Allen Lane, £35, ISBN 978–0241205631; 1152 pages

Given his publisher’s claim that there have already been more than a thousand biographies of Churchill, not counting hundreds of specialist studies ranging from his war leadership to his taste in cigars, one’s first reaction to Andrew Roberts producing another thousand-page biography is incredulity. Can there really be anything new to discover or say? It is as if Churchill has become the Everest, which all biographers feel they must tackle before they hang up their pen, like great actors crowning their career by playing King Lear. Roy Jenkins wrote the last major biography when he was nearly eighty on the back of an equally substantial life of Gladstone; Roberts comes to him just four years after knocking off Napoleon. (But Roberts is only fifty-five, so one wonders where he can go next.) On the other hand, Jenkins has held the field for seventeen years, so maybe it is time for a big new reassessment for a new generation. Read More >

Churchill’s Shakespeare Major Exhibit at Folger Shakespeare Library

On Monday, 15 October, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. officially opened “Churchill’s Shakespeare,” a new exhibition exploring the influence of William Shakespeare on the thought, writing, and statesmanship of Winston Churchill. The exhibition is a joint endeavor of the Folger and the International Churchill Society that features documents and artifacts from the Churchill Archives Centre, Chartwell, and the Folger. Read More >

NCLC Bust New Loan on display

A bit of London has come to Washington. The National Churchill Library and Center is now the temporary home of a massive bust of Winston Churchill, cast directly from the full-size statue by Ivor Roberts-Jones in Parliament Square. The commanding work has been loaned to the NCLC by International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence S. Geller CBE and has already formed a striking backdrop for a number of “Churchill Conversations.” Read More >

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Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Great War Bust

By BRIAN KRAPF

This Parianware bust stands four inches tall and depicts Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty. It was made by Shelley Pottery in 1914 and 1915 during the First World War as part of a series depicting wartime leaders of the Allies including King George V, King Albert of Belgium, Lord Kitchener, Admiral Jellicoe, and others. Read More >

#Armistice100 Churchill's New Audience

By MEGAN SPILKER

For the past four years, the centenary of the Great War, I have been managing social media content for the National World War I Museum of the United States in Kansas City, Missouri. The challenge of the job is holding the attention of more than 150,000 followers. The 24/7 business of reaching new audiences with bite-sized history stories works best when we combine pithy quotes with striking images in a steady flow of articles that keep our younger demographic engaged and interested in learning about an often forgotten war and people like Churchill, who survived the experience and learned from it. Read More >

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