The official website of Sir Martin Gilbert – 20th Century British Historian and the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill

It is for the historian either to Say what happened or to say that he cannot discover it.

To say, “Perhaps it was like this” is to mask a failure to get to the bottom of a problem: and failure in historical research is no crime. It is one of the hazards of the profession.

Sir Martin Gilbert

Welcome to Sir Martin Gilbert's website, a celebration of his life and his work, his passion, his philosophy, his favourite haunts, his humour and his humanity.

The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin is a scholar and an historian who, through his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as “true history”.

  • Sir Martin Gilbert Memorial Tribute

    In honour of the one-year anniversary of Sir Martin Gilbert’s death on 3 February 2015, we are pleased to share the Memorial Tribute evening in honour of Sir Martin’s life and his immense contribution to history, held at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London o...

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    Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld, Western Marble Arch Synagogue
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    Book Donation to Cayman Islands From Sir Martin’s private collection

    George & Lynne Walton in the library they established on Cayman Brac, with Sir Martin’s books donated from his private collection Letter from George Walton: Dear Lady Gilbert, I was very fortunate and highly privileged to have met you at the Commonwealth Jewis...

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  • “The Beast of Bergholt”

    Picture: Randolph Churchill, Stour, East Bergholt, February 1965 My employment with Randolph Churchill began in October 1962, on my twenty-sixth birthday. Given Randolph’s reputation for drink and anger, my friends and I assumed that my engagement would be of short du...

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    Randolph Churchill, Stour, East Bergholt, February 1965