Here’s the letter that I emailed out to my contacts this past weekend:
Dear friends, family, and colleagues,
As many of you know, if we’ve spoken recently, I’ll be taking a trip at the end of the month with The Churchill Centre and the International Churchill Society called, ‘Churchill’s England’.
There will be 50 of us on this educational holiday visiting historic sites and meeting scholars, some of his family members, and his former associates. We’ll be spending eight captivating days together immersed in retracing the steps of the former Prime Minister.
Several highlights on the itinerary are:
- A private tour of Parliament courtesy of The Hon. Nicholas Soames, MP.
- A tour of the new Churchill Museum at the Cabinet War Rooms with curator Phil Reed.
- An afternoon at the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge with director Allen Packwood.
- Paying a visit to Churchill’s former country house Chartwell, including a discussion with curator Carole Kenwright and Minnie Churchill. Also, possibly joining us at Chartwell will be Churchill’s last private secretary from 1952-65, Anthony Montague Browne and his wife, who live nearby.
- We’ll be finishing off the trip with two black-tie dinners, first at Blenheim Palace which is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston. The second will be at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford.
Many other historically significant stops await us along the way about which I hope you will find interesting reading.
I’ve been looking forward with great anticipation to this historical journey and I’m inviting you to come along as well. I’ve created a travel journal blog just for the occasion and will have journal entries from the pre-planning of the trip, through each of the day’s activities.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with blog’s, they are merely a way on the Internet to create journal entries along with photos and links to other web sites. It’s quite easy to read and navigate through and you are welcome to post comments if you like. It will be displayed in reverse chronological order, newest first, down to the oldest pre-departure entries.
I’ll be departing for England on May 18th and the official trip will begin on Saturday May 20th, so if you like please come along on this journey with me.
All you have to do is click:
In the Footsteps of Churchill
Remember what Sir Winston said at Bristol University, where he was Chancellor:
‘The most important thing about education is appetite.’
See you in England.