The co-hosts for this year’s International Churchill Conference recently discussed the upcoming event with the International Churchill Society’s Executive Director Justin Reash. Chartwell Curator Katherine Carter and The Daughters of Yalta author Catherine Grace Katz discussed their excitement of hosting the conference; the video can be viewed HERE. This year’s conference will be on the theme “Churchill and Freedom” and take place 7–9 October in London. This will be the Society’s first ever “hybrid” conference: combining physical events in London with main sessions that will be streamed online to the world. For details and to register, please CLICK HERE.
Bulletin #157 — Jul 2021
Winston S. Churchill, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, James W. Muller (ed.), St. Augustine’s Press, 2021, 2 vols., cclxvi+432+xxvi+846 pages, $150. ISBN 978–1587317002
Review by TED R. BROMUND
With the possible exceptions of the Bible and the Constitution of the United States, it is doubtful that any text has ever been subject to the kind of sustained examination that Professor James W. Muller has devoted over the course of the years since 1989—a near-lifetime of scholarly perseverance of the most exacting sort—to this new two-volume edition of Winston Churchill’s The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. Read More >
Weekend festival will include remarks by Missouri Governor Michael Parson, in-person tours, guest lectures, concerts and more.
On 15 March 2020, America’s National Churchill Museum (ANCM) solemnly pledged to keep the lights burning 24/7 in its ancient church to convey to the world a spirit of resilience against the global pandemic. That same day, the museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri closed its doors as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. With the pandemic now on the decline, the museum will be reopened to the public on Friday, 30 July. The day will kick off a weekend of celebratory activities during which admission to the museum will be free. Many of the festivities will also be live streamed on the internet. Read More >
This month marks the 110th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s participation in the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle. The Prince was the future Edward VIII, who abdicated and became known as the Duke of Windsor. As Home Secretary, it fell to Churchill to read out the Letters Patent during the ceremony that appointed to a new station the eldest son of King George V on 13 July 1911. The proceedings were filmed, and the surviving black-and-white footage—made well before “talking” motion pictures—provides some of the earliest known moving images of Churchill. To view, please CLICK HERE.
By BRIAN KRAPF
In the continual search for Churchilliana, its always gratifying to discover material documenting the emotional connection between Winston Churchill and the British people. The care and concern he continually showed for them was not feigned for cameras or reporters—it was heartfelt and palpable. His unrestrained emotions while walking through bomb rubble, consoling Blitz survivors, or rallying soldiers are all well documented. Past articles here have displayed wartime pieces of folk art, hand made by citizens who cared enough to spend their time and skill carving, painting, or sculpting the Prime Minister as a gesture of admiration and faith in his leadership. Even if Churchill sometimes did not have the full support of the Conservative party or his wartime coalition, he almost always had the support of the people as he bolstered their spirits and led them through war. Read More >
By BARRY SINGER
One hundred years ago this month, Winston Churchill first laid eyes on Chartwell Manor, a derelict, ponderous, redbrick edifice in Kent, with little charm but magnificent views with which Churchill instantly fell in love. He had recently come into money unexpectedly following the death of a distant cousin—Lord Henry Vane Tempest—who was killed in a railway accident in Wales on 25 January 1921. The unmarried Vane-Tempest had left his Garron Tower estate in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to Churchill, who as a result stood to receive an income of at least £4,000 a year from the inheritance. This windfall had whetted Churchill’s appetite for a country house.