Important notice for those thinking of booking for the forthcoming International Churchill Conference. The pandemic continues to cause huge global uncertainty and, while we continue to follow developments very closely, we cannot be certain that this event will go ahead and aim to take a final decision before the end of May once the post lockdown situation becomes clearer. Please wait for further information before making any bookings.
Considering Churchill’s Future
The 37th International Churchill Conference will be held at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, between Thursday the 22nd and Saturday the 24th of October 2020.
This conference seeks to bring together past, present and future. We will mark the sacrifices of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, 80 years on, and celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. But we will also take the unique opportunity to hear from some of those who remember Churchill, focusing especially on the women who supported him, while discussing his changing legacy. Through it all, we promise good food, fine wine and stimulating conversation in the best Churchillian tradition.
THURSDAY 22nd OCTOBER
The opening night reception will take place between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm at The Royal Air Force Club in London’s Mayfair. Bowl food and Pol Roger Champagne will be served, with return transportation offered from the Marriott. Guests will be free to organise their own dinner arrangements afterwards if they wish.
FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER
Conference sessions will begin at 9.00 am and run through until 3.30 pm. During the day distinguished speakers will include Allen Packwood, Admiral Chris Parry, Graham Farmelo, Karen von Hippel, Sonia Purnell, Catherine Katz and Annie Gray. Following the final session of the day, delegates booking VIP and Blenheim Packages will attend an exclusive Churchill and Pol Roger Champagne tasting and lecture. Dinner will be served in the Ballroom at the hotel in the evening.
SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER
Organised tours in the morning will include the Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and the Imperial War Museum, with the final conference sessions at the hotel in the afternoon following lunch. Our panellists will include Andrew Roberts, Katherine Carter, Celia Sandys, Emma Soames and Nonie Chapman.
The Black Tie Gala Dinner held on Saturday evening will commence with a Pol Roger Champagne Reception in The Crypts, followed by dinner in the iconic Great Hall at Guildhall – the spectacular setting for the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet since 1502.
EXCLUSIVE GUIDED TOURS (LIMITED AVAILABILITY). There will also be the opportunity to join exclusive guided tours to Chartwell in Kent on Thursday 22nd, and the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge on Sunday 25th. These tours will include return travel from the Marriott, refreshments, exclusive expert-guided tours – the House and Studio at Chartwell, and the Churchill Archives Centre will be closed to the public during the tour, and lunch with a guest speaker.
Please do keep a watchful eye on Finest Hour, Churchill Bulletin and our special conference page winstonchurchill.org/London2020 for updates, speaker profiles and further details.
A block of rooms has been reserved at special conference rates, which you can book online directly with Marriott here. A limited number of rooms are available at the conference room block price. Please follow the link below, and then sign in or register (top right of the menu) to continue with your booking.
The conference will get underway with a reception on Friday, November 9th at 6 PM and conclude Sunday, November 11th at 12 noon. The final day of the conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought to an end the First World War.
The keynote for our thirty-fifth international conference will be by Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (ret.), Supreme Court of the United States.
This year’s speakers will include Emma Soames, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Edward Lengel, Daniel Todman, John Bew, Mitchell Reiss, Brough Scott and Felix Klos.
During the conference, historian Andrew Roberts will speak about his major new Churchill biography Walking with Destiny, which will be published in the autumn of 2018.
The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 International Churchill Conference, which will be held in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on November 9–11, 2018. This year’s theme will be “Churchill: Walking with Destiny” and will feature several new and returning faces.
The Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and former home of Thomas Jefferson.
The 35th International Churchill Conference will take place this November in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference will begin on Friday, November 9th and continue through the morning of Sunday the 11th at the Williamsburg Lodge. The final day will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought to an end the First World War.
34th International Churchill Conference in New York City
The Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference went from triumph to triumph this month at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City. Meeting from the 10th through the 12th in the capital of the world, the conference ranged across the spectrum of Churchill’s career with speakers that included Gen. David Petraeus, Andrew Roberts, and Lady Williams—who worked as a secretary for Churchill for six years.
Celia Sandys & Lady Williams at the 34th International Churchill Conference
Lady Williams of Elvel, who as Jane Portal served as a secretary to Winston Churchill from 1949 to 1955, received a standing ovation after speaking in conversation with Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys at the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference in New York City. For one hour, the two women shared their memories of the busy life of the Greatest Briton. To watch the full video, please click here. Read More >
General David Petreaus (Ret) at the 34th International Churchill Conference
The 2017 Winston S. Churchill Leadership Award was presented to General David Petraeus at the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference. In presenting the award, International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller stated that the general perfectly exemplified Churchillian Leadership. Read More >
The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce the 34th International Churchill Conference, “Churchill as International Statesman.” The Conference will be held at the historic Essex House hotel in New York City on October 10–12, 2017. This will be the first-ever International Churchill Conference held in New York, the city that Churchill first visited in 1895 and where he suffered his 1931 “misadventure”—being run over by a car on 5th Avenue. The history of the world hung in the balance just blocks from where we shall meet this autumn.
Celia Sandys, author of several excellent books about her grandfather Sir Winston Churchill, will interview Lady Williams of Elvel, the former Jane Portal and one of Sir Winston’s last-surviving secretaries, at the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12.Follow this link to register today.
Celia’s books include The Young Churchill about her grandfather’s youth, Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive about his adventures in South Africa, and Chasing Churchill about his various travels. She is Co-Chair of the International Churchill Society Board of Advisers and a highly popular speaker.
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During the conference at Washington, D.C. last October, I remarked about my good fortune to have been born in England in 1906 at a time when Winston Churchill was in his early thirties. I had the further good fortune to have a grandfather with some small influence in the Conservative Party, which made it possible for me, during the First World War, to be taken to the Stranger’s Gallery at the House of Commons to listen to the debates and, on six or seven occasions, to hear Winston Churchill speak.
Now I must confess that at that tender age, eight to thirteen or fourteen, the subjects of the debates and indeed the details of the speeches were somewhat beyond my comprehension. But I do most dearly remember the atmosphere in the House of Commons when Mr. Churchill was speaking.
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