The 33rd International Churchill Conference, “Churchill: Friends and Contemporaries”, was held in the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC on 27–29 October 2016. The Conference focused on the myriad and fascinating relationships between Churchill and his wide range of friends and contemporaries – from politicians to soldiers, statesmen to writers, friends to family members.
First-time conference speakers at the 33rd International Churchill Conference included best-selling author Candice Millard on “Churchill in South Africa” and Lord Watson of Richmond on “Churchill and Europe”. Return favorites included Andrew Roberts and Sir David Cannadine.
Laurence Geller CBE officially opened the National Churchill Library and Centre (NCLC) on George Washington University (GWU)’s campus and released an announcement. You can read the full announcement here, summary below.
Summary of Announcement by Laurence Geller CBE, Chairman of The International Churchill Society
- The NCLC officially opened on October 29, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
- The Churchill Centre (TCC) has once again become the International Churchill Society (ICS).
- Randolph Churchill takes up the role as President of ICS.
- Michael F. Bishop is on board as the Director of the NCLC and Executive Director of ICS.
- ICS is moving from Chicago and will be headquartered at the NCLC in Washington, D.C.
- ICS will be the international membership organisation, and current members of TCC will automatically become members of the new ICS.
- ICS and NCLC have merged with the National Churchill Museum, Fulton.
- The title of the Chartwell Bulletin will be changed to the Churchill Bulletin.
- ICS will continue to publish the monthly email newsletter Churchill Bulletin and the digital and print quarterly Finest Hour each of which will be included in your membership.