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 Evening

    ‘Save The Date’ A memorial evening  to honour Sir Martin Gilbert will be held in Central London on Tuesday 24th November 2015, 7.15 -9 pm.   More information to follow....

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    Sir Martin on location in Burnham -on -Sea, Sommerset, 19 August 2009
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    More a Time for Mourning

    First published in The Independent : 3 September 1989 By Martin Gilbert In the midst of the current commemorations of the outbreak of the Second World War, I feel uneasy. Commemorations should be a cause of pride. Yet the outbreak of war in 1939 was in many ways shamefu...

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  • Tribute from the Churchill Centre

    Newly Redesigned Website Provides Fitting Resource to the Life and Works of the Official Biographer of Sir Winston Churchill The late Sir Martin Gilbert (1936–2015) passed away in February. Since then his widow, Lady Esther Gilbert, has overseen the redesign of his ...

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