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The Churchill Society

Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.


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A few days before the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of VE Day, an astounded population world wide learnt that the British Conservative Government had ordered the payment of £12,500,000 (from the the very first pay out from the National Lottery) to Churchill's daughter Mary and his grandson Winston to stop them threatening to sell to foreigners THE CHARTWELL PAPERS.

The papers did not belong to them and had never been the responsibility of Churchill's relatives.

Parliament, together with the public and most historians, considered that these papers belonged to the nation, having being presented to CHURCHILL COLLEGE at Sir Winston's request by Lady Churchill.

That is why they were housed in the care of specialist staff, in a special air conditioned publicly funded archive centre entitled:-




Forgetful of the millions of deaths, and appalling sufferings which cause these papers to be unique; Churchill's children - nonetheless - not only insisted upon selling them; but also retaining extended royalty income rights on the archives until the year 2035.

As it appears that very many aspects of this affair have been hushed up, the society calls for a Parliamentary Select Committee to look into this matter.



Copy correspondence.




1st November 1999.

Dr. Piers Brendon
Keeper of the Archives.
The Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College

Dear Dr Brendon


Further to the Chairman's personal appeal to you, the committee have asked me to thank you for putting us in touch with Mrs King in the Churchill Archive Centre.

The committee are to reconsider all the facts surrounding the purchase by the National Lottery of The Chartwell Papers.

To assist them would you be so kind as to provide the following:-

(1). A copy of the original bequest of The Chartwell Papers by Lady Churchill on behalf of Sir Winston.

(2). A statement as to the circumstances leading to the Churchill family's threat to sell The Chartwell Papers by public auction.

(3). The transcript of the High Court proceedings (and the judgment) that took place after the decision was made by the family to auction the papers.

(4a). An explanation as to why copyright of The Chartwell papers was not transferred to The Churchill Archive Centre at the time of purchase

(4b) A statement as to whether these papers were Crown copyright.

(4c) Particularly in the light of new laws extending the copyright period, what steps have been made to rectify this?

(5) Since the purchase price of £12.5 million was deducted solely from the National Lottery Eastern Region Prize Money Allocation, rather than being spread equally across all the Regions, what representations have been made by Churchill College to the Lottery Commission regarding this injustice?

(6a). A copy of the papers relating to the decision to build, staff and expand the Churchill Archive Centre.

(6b). A statement of its final building cost

(6c). A statement of the annual running costs.

(7). Would you also list the gifts that Sir Winston received from foreign heads of State/Governments from 1940 until his death and inform us where these are on display.

(8a). Would you also kindly supply full details of the transfer of Chartwell House to the National Trust - including details of its endowment, and who provided the money for both the purchase and the endowment.

8b). A list of the contents of the house which were included and upon what terms.

Thank you for your assistance in this.

Yours sincerely

J.O'Hanlon (Mrs)



Churchill Archive Centre.

Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 ODS


Dr Piers Brendon M.A.,Ph.D.


11th November 1999.

Mrs J O'Hanlon
The Churchill Society
c/o 18 Grove Lane
Suffolk IP4 1NR

Dear Mrs O'Hanlon

I regret that lack of staff makes it impossible for me to answer the enormously detailed questions that you ask in your letter of 1 November 1999. However, if you care to come up to the Churchill Archives Centre and do research here yourself in the Search Room we shall be only too pleased to help you.

Yours sincerely

Piers Brendon

Keeper of the Archives.




The first duty of a University is to teach wisdom -
to impart character - not technicalities.

Winston Churchill.

Thursday, 20 January, 2000

Dr Piers Brendan, M.A. Ph.D.
Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge CB3 ODS

Dear Dr Brendan

The purchase by the National Lottery Fund of The Chartwell Papers.

I refer to your reply dated 11th November to the Society's letter of the 1st Nov.1999 which the committee consider is evasive.

As you were the Keeper of the Archives during the period when these papers were under threat of public auction by the Churchill family, you know the answers to these questions.

We therefore request you to answer questions 1, 2, 3. 4a, 4b, 4c,5, 6a, 6b, 6c, and 7..

We have redirected questions 8a and 8b to the National Trust Headquarters.

These matters are of great public importance.

The committee look forward to your early reply please.

Yours sincerely

Norman Harvey Rogers
General Secretary.


April 2000. There has been no reply to this letter.




Friday, 21 January, 2000

Mr Philip Reed
The Curator
The Cabinet War Rooms


Dear Sir

The proposed Cabinet War Room.


This society is currently examining the circumstances surrounding the sale of The Chartwell Papers and also the ownership (and safe future) of the contents of Chartwell. For details relating to this matter please visit the following URL:- lt; /FONT>

In the light of the Times Newspaper report today about the proposed Museum at the War Rooms, the committee consider that the terms and conditions of the reported  'long term loan'  of items belonging originally to Sir Winston Churchill should be publicly examined in the light of the events surrounding the sale of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's gift to the nation of The Chartwell Papers.

We therefore ask that you supply us with full details of;-

(1). Every item to be accepted on loan and the period of the loan.

(2). The terms and conditions of the loan of each item.

(3). A statement of who is to pay for the cost of their security, insurance and maintenance.

(4). A statement confirming that no royalties or fees are to be paid for their display.

We look forward to your reply

Yours faithfully

Norman Harvey Rogers

General Secretary.

PS. As this is a matter of public concern it is in the public's interest that all correspondence relating to this matter be made public. This letter and your reply will be included in the correspondence on the above web site.


April 1st 2000. There has been no acknowledgment of this letter and at this late date now, we are unlikely to receive one.


Every year that passes sees an enormous increase in the value of items relating to Churchill. It is quite wrong that the public should have to pay for the security and insurance of these items whilst they remain the property of the family and can be sold by them at any time and without having to repay the cost of their care security and upkeep.

Were the Winston Churchill junior or his heirs to go bankrupt and these papers were stolen, destroyed or damaged, the insurance payout would go to the family - not to Churchill Archive Centre and the public who have to pay the insurance premiums every year.

Churchill would be astonished that his children did not make an outright gift to the nation of them, and the entire contents of Chartwell in memory of all those who suffered and died in the wars of the 20th century.


September 23, 2004     How 25-year wrangle led to Churchill papers sale By Richard Ford    

PERSONAL papers belonging to Winston Churchill were the subject of a 25-year legal fight as his grandson, who had "little money of his own", tried to sell them to the Government, files released by the National Archive at Kew reveal.

Discreet negotiations to sell the 2,000-box archive, which included early drafts of the wartime leader's "finest hour" and "Battle of Britain" speeches, began within six years of his death in 1965. The Government was offered the pre-1945 papers &emdash; half of them official papers belonging to the State &emdash; for £100,000 to £120,000 in 1971. Finally they were bought with £12.5 million of National Lottery money in 1995.

The collection, the Chartwell Papers, contained almost everything that Churchill wrote before 1945, including extensive correspondence with Lloyd George, Edward VIII and George VI. It also included intelligence on all aspects of the Second World War, drafts of letters to Stalin, Roosevelt and de Gaulle and Cabinet papers.

It was in a private family trust, which Churchill intended to benefit male descendants. The main beneficiary by 1991 was his grandson, Winston Churchill, then Conservative MP for Davyhulme. The papers were his most valuable possession.

The papers had been loaned to Churchill College in Cambridge, but the trustees wished to sell them. Successive governments wanted the papers to remain together, but they were a mixture of official and personal documents. Sir Winston had taken many official documents with him "on permanent loan" when he left office and had refused to return them. Today's files disclose that Sotheby's had estimated in 1971 that they would fetch £2 million. The letter then suggests that the Government offer between £100,000 to £120,000 to buy them.

The purchase by the lottery provoked fury. John Charmley, the historian, said: "The second jackpot winner is Winston Churchill Jr. The Government should have called the bluff of the Churchills when they threatened to break up the collection and sell it abroad. These papers belong to the State and should never have been removed in the first place."

John Major's Government refused to hold a public inquiry into the death of Robert Maxwell for fear of offending Spain, according to secret papers released today. Ministers also believed an official investigation into the circumstances in which the Daily Mirror publisher publisher drowned off the Canary Islands would turn into a media circus.

Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.


Winston Churchill's Medals.

It was announced yesterday by Winston Churchill (minor) that he had presented  on loan  his grandfather's medals to the Imperial War Museum for display at the cabinet war rooms.

What he failed to reveal, was that in doing so he saves himself the fear of being burgled for them - almost certainly the heavy expense of insuring them - and whether or not he has paid the inheritance tax on them*.

Sensible man you say..............until you remember the shameful thing he and the family did when they blackmailed the effete Prime Minister John Major and his Conservative government and the nation to pay him £12,500,000 for the  on loan  Chartwell papers and for which the family still continue to charge outrageous copyright fees.

There is nothing to stop him or his children doing the same thing again. Likewise with the
 on loan  contents of Chartwell.


The Times Newspaper

September 7th 1998


Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) * avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.


Where are all the many missing majestic jewelled silver and gold boxes,
the superb commemorative cut glass and enamelled plaques and mementos
and the spectacularly bejewelled solid gold and silver sculptural pieces
that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens
and the huge number of gifts given in his honour by Governments from all over the world
including many from Arab Royalty and the Emirates - all of which were originally on display
at Chartwell when it first opened and which are now missing?

It was Sir Winston's desire that all of these should be
permanently on display at Chartwell.


The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used:-

"fell beneath the level of events"




The Daily Telegraph

Re: Unsocial society

Date: 3 October 2004


Despite being hugely and patriotically English, I can only endorse the prescience of Kevin Myers in opting to live in Ireland.

What he says about us is completely accurate, and is tremendously dispiriting for those of us who can remember that other England, the one where care, courtesy, respect and manners were part of everyday life.

Again quite correctly he identifies the culprits as the intelligentsia (although the noun is in many respects a misnomer), who have conducted a merciless and unrelenting assault on all those things that made us what we were.

Now, from the top down, we have a yobbish culture which prevails, and we have become a society motivated by spite, envy, greed, gloating, filth and voyeurism.

The England in which I was raised and educated, and for which I would gladly have laid down my life, has been stolen from us, and we are now an awful country, probably in terminal decline, ruled over by an elite who are self-serving, duplicitious and hugely incompetent.

It is time, I think, to summon back King Arthur, or bang Drake's Drum or whatever it is that we are supposed to do in time of peril.

From: Arthur Mead, Dereham, Norfolk.


The Times Newspaper


September 7th 1998


Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.



September 23, 2004

From Professor Emeritus Thomas Stapleton


' Churchill's tears'

Richard Morrison (T2, September 20) writes that Churchill is said to have been a bit of a sobber, though never in public.

Professor Robert Debr, the father of French paediatrics, told me that when in 1944 Churchill received the freedom of the City of Paris in the Hotel de Ville, on opening the casket, found it contained not a scroll but the Hakenkreuz (Nazi flag) that had flown over the town hall during the Occupation, the tears poured down his cheeks.

Yours faithfully,


The Foundry Cottage,

Lane End, High Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire HP14 3JS.

September 22.



The Editor
The Times Newspaper

October 1st 2004.


(From France)

'Churchill's tears'

Letter 23rd Sept 2004

Professors Stapleton's account of Churchill's reception of the Nazi flag presented to him in France in 1944 was moving.

It represented the French nation's tribute to Churchill and all his comrades in arms who lost their lives and the grief and pain of their

widows and orphans, plus the many who suffered appalling injuries.

The flag belongs to them and now to the nation.

Where is it now?

Yours faithfully

The Secretary.

Norman Harvey Rogers.


 February 13 2000

The Sunday Times Newspaper
A copyright article.

Lottery-funded Churchills' charge academics £50 a letter.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust's failure to honour the original Trust Deed and the need for reform.

Because of his record Mr W S Churchill's appointment as Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
is as astonishing as it is improper and he must resign.


Dalton Newfield writes in an article published in the USA re the sordid history (and inevitable failure) of the Churchill family's promotion of the fantastically expensive The Collected Works in 1974.

"I am more than a little surprised that the Churchill family gave their support to this money-grubbing project".

"It would be wonderful to own such a work".

"It would be wonderful if my - or even any US library - could own the set, let alone risk using it".

"It would be wonderful if greed were not always the family's motive".

"WSC was not unconscious of money - quite the contrary - but he did put out abridgements, cheap editions, etc., so that people at all levels could enjoy his works".

"What pains most is that the idea was all so un Churchillian", Mr Newfield concluded.


The vulgar West End 'musical' promoted by Churchill's 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 children with the 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       help of  friends 


The story of the Churchill family and their friends - some in the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - promotion (in 1988) of the West End Musical with 'Winnie' singing in his bath! After three performances it was taken off. It was reputed to have lost £3 million pounds and was described by a Buckingham Palace courtier as:_

"just done for

money, money, money . . . .

vulgar vulgar vulgar!"

Mary Soames. Churchill's daughter,

Nicholas Soames MP, Churchill's grandson.

Winston Churchill minor. Churchill's grandson.


 The Churchill family to pay back The Lottery Money.

The High Court (London) proceedings.
Who owned the Chartwell Papers?

From:- Professor Charmley. An Award for Stupidity!

Churchill's Medals.

How safe are the contents of Chartwell?
Copy of correspondence with The National Trust.

Churchill's daughter Mary Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Nicholas Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Winston Churchill minor.

Important information.

Conservative Party corruption fuelled the continuing collapse of moral standards in the UK.
From 1983 onwards it gathered pace and led to the national uproar caused by the 
the story 
of the
Churchill family threatening to sell Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's gift to Churchill College
The Chartwell Papers.

Lord Rothschild's

The very sad press chronology of
Winston S Churchill Jnr.

Professor Charmley writes:
Is there no end to the making of money by the family our of Sir Winston?

Commercial advertising. Cashing in on Churchill. Who received money for this crude example?

Criticisms of the book 'Churchill's
Private Letters'
selected, edited, and published by his daughter Mary Soames.

May 1999.
Important information.



Lady Churchill.


The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mr W S Churchill's improper appointment.


The National Trust.

Re missing items at Chartwell.


Churchill Archive Centre.

The scandal of the Chartwell Papers.


The Royal Courts of Justice Court.

Churchill family v College College Cambridge..


Freemason's United Grand Lodge of England.



Channel 2 BBC London.

The Greatest Briton


Libby Purvis. Radio 4 'Midweek'.

The Greatest Briton


Library of Congress USA.

The Churchill Exhibition


Professor Charmley.

An Award for Stupidity


Lord Tebbit.

...'spitting in the face' of  'The Few'


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