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Churchill, the Jews and Israel: Romantic Saviour or Political Pragmatist?

17 April at 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Come and support the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre at this fabulous evening with Randolph Churchill and Allen Packwood, hosted by Anne Sebba.


Introducing our speakers:

Randolph Churchill 

Randolph Churchill is an investment director at Rathbones Group, Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

After leaving school, Randolph served five years in the Royal Navy and his last appointment was as a Navigating and Operations Officer on HMS Swallow in the Hong Kong Squadron.  Subsequently, Randolph attended Buckingham University where he was awarded a degree in Financial Management and Accountancy.

Until December 2016 Randolph was a Director of the Armed Services Investment Company that oversees the investment for over 100 military charities and also until December 2016 a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Randolph is currently a Trustee of the War Memorials Trust, President of the International Churchill Society & Patron of The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum Trust.

Randolph lives with his four children a stone’s throw from his great grandparents’ home at Chartwell.


Allen Packwood

Allen Packwood BA, MPhil (Cantab), is a Fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge, the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded an OBE for services to archives and scholarship in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. His book, How Churchill Waged War, was published by Pen & Sword in 2018 and he has recently edited the Cambridge University Press Companion to Winston Churchill and co-edited Letters for the Ages: The Private and Personal Letters of Sir Winston Churchill.

The Churchill Archives Centre is located in the grounds of Churchill College, and is home to the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Thatcher, Sir John Major and almost seven hundred of their contemporaries: politicians, diplomats, civil servants, military leaders and scientists of the modern era. It is still collecting. Allen likes to joke that it is the equivalent of four American Presidential Libraries! He is responsible for the overall management of the team and collections.


Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba FRSL is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including the best-selling biography That Woman, a life of Wallis Simpson based on her discovery of 15 unpublished letters locked away in an attic trunk. Her next book was Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s, about a wide variety of women and how they behaved in wartime Paris published in the US, UK, China, France and the Czech Republic, optioned for a multi series TV programme and winner of the Franco-British award. She has also written biographies of Jennie Churchill, Mother Teresa and Laura Ashley among others.

She makes regular television appearances and has presented programmes for BBC R3 and R4 including two about the pianists, Harriet Cohen and Joyce Hatto. She began her working career as a foreign correspondent for Reuters news agency, the first woman accepted on their graduate trainee scheme, and has also worked for the BBC world services in their Arabic department, although she does not speak a word of Arabic. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, a Trustee of the National Archives Trust and a former chair of Britain’s 10,000 strong Society of Authors Management Committee.

Her most recent book is a life of Ethel Rosenberg, electrocuted in 1953 aged 37 for conspiracy to commit espionage following a trial with multiple miscarriages of justice, optioned by Miramax and shortlisted for the Wingate Prize. She is currently writing about the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, due for publication in 2025, the 80th anniversary of the liberation of the camps but also works as a reviewer, journalist, after dinner speaker and lecturer for the Arts Society as well as various institutions and schools in the UK and US including the British Library, Royal Oak, English Speaking Union and the National Trust.


17 April
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Highgate Synagogue
57 North Road
London, N6 4BJ United Kingdom
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