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Inspire Like Churchill – ICS Video Project Overview

Inspire Like Churchill April 2020

“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; …”

Winston Churchill, 13 May 1940, House of Commons  

Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1940, Winston Churchill rallied the British people and the world against the forces of tyranny. At the height of the Battle of Britain, Churchill said of the aircrew defending the nation, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” The same can be said today for our medical professionals and essential workers on the frontline of the pandemic.

The International Churchill Society (ICS) is creating an inspirational video short Inspire Like Churchill of multiple contemporary figures and young adults reading lines from a selection of Winston Churchill’s famous speeches. Footage will be captured on an iPhone or other mobile device rather than using a professional film crew to give a more personal feel to the final edit, and comply with social distancing requirements. The video will display a sense of hope, history and nostalgia, demonstrating why the qualities that he embodied continue to be relevant today.

In this time of crisis, many people are looking to great leaders of history for inspiration. Winston Churchill is of course known for his rousing speeches and the ICS felt that it may be encouraging for people to revisit a selection of the most memorable lines from his speeches. This is especially relevant as 10 May 2020 will be the 80th anniversary of Churchill’s Premiership, and 13 May, the anniversary of his first speech as Prime Minister.

We will upload the video to the ICS YouTube and Vimeo channels and be widely distributing them on all social media channels. ICS has a growing presence on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook where the video will be shared. The ICS will also ask partners and friends to participate and share widely.

You can find the participant ‘How-To’ Guide here.

About The International Churchill Society

The International Churchill Society, founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill’s death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. The Society’s activities, publications, and programs are conducted through the joint resources of the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) at The George Washington University and America’s National Churchill Museum (ANCM) at Westminster College for the benefit of scholars, students, and Churchillians.

Our website attracts over 2.5 million visitors annually, our digital newsletter Churchill Bulletin is delivered to in excess of 48,000 people each month, and each issue of our quarterly magazine Finest Hour is read by more than 3,000 people.

In the United Kingdom, ICS has brought Churchill into classrooms by sponsoring the ESU Churchill National Public Speaking Competition, and by supporting public speaking and debating competitions at Blenheim Palace, Chartwell, Churchill College, and in the City of London. Together with sponsorship of the Chalke Valley History Festival and our international programmes, including the Pentland Churchill Design Competition and the immensely popular Churchill Archive for Schools website, we ensure his values and legacy are passed on to successive generations.

Questions or Need Help?

If you have any questions about how to create your video, technical aspects, or anything else, please feel free to get in touch.

You can find the participant ‘How-To’ Guide here.

Andy Smith, Executive Director, ICS UK
[email protected]

+44 (0)1223 331646

John David Olsen, Director of Communications, ICS
[email protected]

To learn more about the Society, enquire about membership, partnerships or sponsorship, please see contact details below.

International Churchill Society

P.O. Box 58279, Washington, D.C. 20037

Lee Pollock, Interim Executive Director
[email protected]

Tel: +1 202-929-0309

International Churchill Society UK

Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS

Andy Smith, Executive Director
[email protected]

Tel: +44 01223 331646

National Churchill Library and Center

The George Washington University, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, Ground Level

2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Justin Reash
[email protected]

Tel: +1 202-929-0309

America’s National Churchill Museum

Westminster College, 501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, MO 65251

Timothy Riley, Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator
[email protected]

Tel: +1 573-592-5369

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The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill's death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.