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”.

  • The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH to open the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre

      The Sir Martin Gilbert Inaugural Memorial Lecture  On November 14, Sir John Major, former British Prime Minister, will be opening the Centre and launching the charity drive that will fund it.  Sir John will be delivering the first Sir Martin Gilbert  Memorial ...

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  • Balfour Declaration


    In the autumn of 1917, the British War Cabinet, desperate to persuade the Jews of Russia to urge their government to renew Russia’s flagging war effort, saw a future Jewish Palestine as an inducement and stimulus to the patriotic zeal of Russia’s Jews. To this end, ...

  • The Story of Israel Republished, Watch This Space!

    In 2008, Carlton Publishers commissioned Sir Martin’s book The Story of Israel which tells the story of the dream of a Jewish National Home in British-Mandate Palestine through to the present day. The book is “different” in that it tells the story through remo...

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