September 30, 2021

Final registration and full schedule for 2021 Churchill Conference

This year’s International Churchill Conference takes place this week on Friday and Saturday, October 8 & 9. All daytime sessions will be live-streamed for free on the internet. To register, please CLICK HERE.

The theme of this year’s conference is Churchill and Freedom. For those attending in person, an opening night reception will take place at the RAF Club (pictured above). Conference sessions will take place Friday and Saturday at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel between 2pm and 7:30pm BST (in North America this will be 9am–2:30pm Eastern / 8am–1:30 pm Central / 7am–12:30 pm Mountain / 6am–11:30am Pacific)

The full conference schedule will be as follows with all times shown in BST (British Summer Time):

Thursday 7 October

Palace of Westminster, London

2021 International Churchill Conference

Join us online (for free!) or live in London, 7-9 October 2021
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18:30—Drinks Reception, RAF Club

Welcome by Churchill family and Laurence Geller CBE, Chairman of the International Churchill Society

Friday 8 October

12:30—Lunch (for those attending in person)

14:00—Opening Session (begin live-streaming online)

Welcome and introductions by conference presenters Katherine Carter and Catherine Grace Katz. To be followed by opening remarks by Laurence Geller, Chairman of the International Churchill Society.

14:15—Personal Freedom: Churchill and South Africa, 1899

Session moderated by The Rt. Hon. Lord Boateng, former British Cabinet Minister and High Commissioner to South Africa. Presentations by The Hon. Celia Sandys (author of Churchill: Wanted Dead or Alive and Churchill’s granddaughter) and Candice Millard (author of Hero of the Empire: The Making of Winston Churchill).

15:00—Break (videos to be shown)

15:10—Charging with Churchill

Brough Scott MBE (author of Churchill at the Gallop) to present on what it would have been like to ride as a 21st Lancer in the Sudan.

15:30—Winston Churchill’s The River War

Professor James Muller (editor of the definitive new edition of The River War) in conversation with Dr Piers Brendon (author of Winston Churchill: A Brief Life and former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre).

16:15—The Hussars TodayPresentation by Captain Jonathan Nice of Queen’s Royal Hussars on Churchill’s Regiment Today

16:30—Break (videos to be shown)

16:35—Presenting History: The Past, Present and Future of Churchill Exhibitions

Katherine Carter (Property Curator at Chartwell), in conversation with Kate Ballenger (Keeper of Palace and Collections at Blenheim), Dr Rob Havers, (President/ CEO of the American Civil War Museum), and Dr Xavier Bray (Director of the Wallace Collection).

17:20—Break (videos to be shown)

17:30—Making HistoryDan Snow (historian and television presenter).

18:15—Break (videos to be shown)

18:30—KeynoteGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor and former Governor of California) in conversation with Dan Snow.

19:30—End of live-stream coverage

Presentation of Churchill Awards and launch of International Competition

20:30—Dinner at Grosvenor Marriott (for delegates attending in person)

Saturday 9 October

12:30—Lunch (for those attending in person)

14:00—Welcome

Opening remarks by conference presenters Catherine Grace Katz and Katherine Carter.

14:15The Churchill daughters at War – launch of Mary Churchill’s War (the edited diaries of Lady Soames)

The Hon. Emma Soames in conversation with Catherine Grace Katz (author of Daughters of Yalta).

15:00—Break (videos to be shown)

15:10“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne.” Churchill, Champagne and the resistance in Epernay during the First and Second World Wars.”

Dr Charlotte Jones (Pol Roger, UK).

15:45—Break (videos to be shown)

16:00—The Atlantic Charter: Its Historic Significance and Legacy

A special panel broadcast from America’s National Churchill Museum.

Tim Riley (Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of America’s National Churchill Museum) in conversation with Professor David Woolner (author of The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and Peace & Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute) and Allen Packwood (author of How Churchill Waged War & Director of the Churchill Archives Centre).

16:50—Break (videos to be shown)

17:00Alliance

Scenes from a new play by Giles Cole about Churchill at the White House presented by Julia Holofcener and Graham Pountney

17:30—Break (videos to be shown)

17:40—Defending Freedom Today

A special panel pre-recorded from the National Churchill Leadership Center. Introduced by Geneva Henry (Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, George Washington University).Justin Reash (Executive Director of the International Churchill Society US and Program Director of the National Churchill Leadership Center) in conversation with Omar Muhammed (historian and blogger, George Washington University, Program on Extremism).

18:30—The Inaugural Stephen and Jane Poss Churchill Lecture

Mr Stephen Poss introduceS Professor Andrew Roberts (historian and author Churchill: Walking with Destiny), who will speak on “Churchill and Russia: Opportunism or Consistency?”

19:25—Closing RemarksRandolph Churchill (President of the International Churchill Society and great grandson)

19:30—End of live-stream coverage

20:30—Dinner at Grosvenor Marriott for delegates attending in person.

This program is subject to change. To download the latest version, please CLICK HERE.

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