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Memorial Event for Correlli Barnett, 1927-2022

Archives, Master, Fellows and By-Fellows,
Photograph of the exterior of Churchill Archives Centre

24 Oct 2022

  • Start: 15:30
  • End: 17:00

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College

Correlli [Bill] Barnett

Correlli (Bill) Barnett, CBE, Keeper of the Archives from 1977 to 1995 died on 10 July, aged 95. 

Correlli Barnett was an Emeritus Fellow, a relentless pursuer of new archives, and an energetic seeker of funding. He enabled the Archives Centre to make huge strides under his leadership. A professional writer of polemical history and public commentator, he was frequently in the national press and on TV and radio. He achieved a high point of influence when Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her guru Sir Keith Joseph recommended his books to the Cabinet. There they could read an indictment of the post-war socio-economic settlement and a clarion-call for the reinvigoration of the British entrepreneurial spirit. In College, Bill exuded energy and warmth, mingled with trenchant scepticism of academics.  

 This event is free and open to all. This will be an in-person event but will be recorded and streamed afterwards.  There will be a reception following the event. There is no need to book.  


Lord Dannatt

Professor Gary Sheffield (via video)

Sir Max Hastings (via video)

Robert Bartlett

Josephine Sykes

Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh