50th Anniversary Commemoration Begins
A major international celebration of the life and legacy of Winston Churchill has begun, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his death on Saturday, January 24 and State Funeral on January 30.
The yearlong Churchill 2015 events are being organized by a global consortium of institutions including The Churchill Centre U.K. and U.S., the Churchill War Rooms, Chartwell, the Churchill Archives and Blenheim Palace. Activities will include a wide range of broadcasts, programs, lectures, exhibitions and publications along with a new website www.churchillcentral.com, organized in themes of Commemoration, Education and Legacy.
Churchill granddaughter's Celia Sandys and Emma Soames (L&R) flank great-grandson Randolph Churchill (C) at the Churchill 2015 launch.
Highlights of the year will be memorial services at Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO. Exhibitions include "Churchill's Scientists" at the Science Museum London, "Churchill - de Gaulle" at the Musée de l'Armée Paris and "Death of a Hero" at Churchill's family home Chartwell. Other features are the 32nd International Churchill Conference May 27-29, a Churchill Weekend in Fulton in March, a new commemorative coin from the Royal Mint and a Global Leadership Program in London this fall.
Noting the Churchill 2015 announcement in London, the Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Half a century after his death, Winston Churchill's legacy continues to inspire not only the nation whose liberty he saved, but he entire world. 2015 is a year to remember Winston Churchill's extraordinary life of achievement...to celebrate it anew and give thanks for his service."
Churchill Centre Chairman Laurence Geller CBE added: "The Centre is honored to play an active role in these important events. Churchill's contribution to western civilization resonates every stronger in today's challenging world, in the United States, Britain and so many other countries. We look forward to further strengthening this legacy with the planned opening of the new National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University this fall."
Sir David Cannadine, Chairman of the Churchill 2015 Executive Committee noted: "This varied and exciting program...will demonstrate Churchill's lasting and exceptional legacy, in the belief that future generations will recognize and be inspired by one of the greatest figures history has ever produced."
Further information on Churchill 2015 events will be sent to Churchill Centre members and subscribers to the Centre's Chartwell Bulletin newsletter throughout the year.
Laurence Geller, CBE Lee Pollock
Chairman Executive Director