The second AGM of the FTNA CIO will take place on Tuesday 14 June 2022 commencing at 17.00. This will be an in-person event at The National Archives.
Please note that The National Archives kindly requests that you consider others by wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces.
Following the meeting Lord Lexden will give the guest lecture: Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill: War-time Partners 1939-40
The papers for the meeting can be found here:
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Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill: War-time Partners 1939-40
Chamberlain and Churchill were, as is well known, poles apart in the period that led up to the Second World War. As soon as war was declared, they became colleagues, and remained the two leading figures in the war cabinet until imminent death from cancer forced Chamberlain to resign at the beginning of October 1940, Churchill having replaced him as prime minister in May. How closely and successfully did the two former opponents work together in the national interest as Britain fought for its very survival in the summer of 1940? When Chamberlain died in early November 1940, Churchill paid eloquent tribute to him: but some said that the great war leader’s moving words were not sincere, and in his subsequent, hugely influential war memoirs Churchill repeated the attacks he had made on his dead colleague in the late 1930s. In his address, Alistair Lexden will discuss the reality of the relationship between the two men during Britain’s darkest hour, drawing on documents of the period.
Alistair Lexden is a Conservative peer and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, who writes and lectures about modern British political history. He was in academic life at the start of his career at the Queen’s University, Belfast. Subsequently, he held senior positions in the Conservative Research Department, founded by Neville Chamberlain, before spending some years running the Independent Schools Council. He is the official historian of the Conservative Party, and of the Carlton Club. Full details of his work, parliamentary and historical, including his publications, can be found on his website, www.alistairlexden.org.uk.