January 2015 is the fiftieth anniversary of the death and state funeral of our founder, Sir Winston Churchill. It is also the seventy-fifth anniversary of his ‘finest hour’ in 1940, and the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War (as an historian Churchill would almost certainly have noted the anniversaries for Magna Carta, Agincourt and Waterloo as well!).
To mark these Churchill anniversaries, the various sites, charities and organisations with a connection to him have come together to create ‘Churchill 2015’. This is a year long celebration of his life, built around the three themes of commemoration, education and legacy. Professor Athene Donald, Master of Churchill, commented:
“As the National and Commonwealth Memorial to Sir Winston, and as an educational part of his living legacy, the College clearly has a unique position at the heart of these celebrations, which look forward as well as back, and is delighted to be working with the wider Churchill community.”
The College and Churchill Archives Centre have both contributed to a comprehensive new website called Churchill Central which also launches today, providing a wealth of content on the man, and a portal to other Churchill sites and resources, including the College.
The Churchill Archives Centre is loaning documents to major new Churchill exhibitions. Churchill’s Scientists opens at the National Science Museum in London on 23 January. It features film of Churchill’s important speech at the College tree planting on 17 October 1959, in which he set out his vision for the College and the important role he foresaw for it in advancing British science and technology.
A major international exhibition on Churchill and De Gaulle will open in Paris at the Musée de l’Armée in April, and run till July.
In addition, the College will participate in the Churchill 21st Century Statesmanship Programme, and will host the final of the first English Speaking Union Churchill National Public Speaking Competition.
Further details of events will be posted as they appear on our website: