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The role of Clementine Churchill in aiding her husband Winston Churchill’s political career has often been overlooked. In this talk, Elliot Clark will demonstrate that Clementine was Churchill’s most valued and crucial advisor despite her role remaining in the shadows. Clark will explore the active role Clementine took to ensure her husband’s success, as well conducting her own work with organisations such as the Aid to Russia Fund. Exploring their relationship from the start, an understanding will be developed of how Clementine learned to manage and sustain her husband’s life, as well as maintain a family during some of the most turbulent events of the twentieth century.
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Elliot Clark is a Political and Social Historian currently undertaking a History PhD at the University of Plymouth. For his PhD thesis, Clark is assessing fatherhood in early twentieth-century politics, looking at Winston Churchill as a key case study alongside other politicians of the period. In 2021, Clark was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship with the National Churchill Leadership Centre at George Washington University.
Clark has previously presented public talks for the International Churchill Society and Plymouth City Council. In 2021, Clark presented a public lecture to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz. Clark has also appeared on a number of podcasts discussing various research projects and the challenges young historians face entering the academic field.