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”.

  • Liberation

    Photo: A Soviet soldier raises the Hammer and Sickle on the roof of the Reichstag, Berlin, 30 April 1945 500 words/2 ½ minute read Editor’s Note: April was meant to be a time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of German concentration camps by B...

    Berlin 1945
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    Lockdown, Some thoughts in this uncertain time by Esther Gilbert

    650 words/ 3 minute read Our world is entering (or is already in) uncharted waters in terms of the worldwide disaster facing us: disease, disruption of work and our normal routines and what we thought we’d be doing this year, along with fear of the economic impact...

  • The “Catholic Churchill”

    Photo: Pope Pius XII 300 words/1 1/2 minute read Thank you to my careful readers who found the typo in the March newsletter – what Martin would have called “a howler”. Very early in our own correspondence, Martin would send his writing by fax machine to me in Cana...

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