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 death of a monarch. What would Martin say?

    Photo:  The Queen and her Queue, 16 September 2022, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament 725 words / 3 ½ minute read “Are my Jewish subjects happy”?  When the late Queen Elizabeth wanted to know about the history of Jews in Britain, she turned to the historian...

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    The Queen, lying in state
  • LG and CE meet Hitler 001

    Sir Martin’s paper trail

    Photo:  Karl Huhle’s photo of Hitler descending the stairway at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden to meet the former Prime Minister Lloyd George in September 1936; the interpreter Paul-Otto Schmidt is in the centre, lifting his hat, and Joachim von Ribbentrop at th...

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  • Barbara Winton 23 October 1953 – 20 September 2022

    Photo:  Barbara Winton with her father, Sir Nicholas Winton, and her book. 430 words / 2 minute read “Do you want to meet Nicholas Winton?”  Not an offer people get every day, even an offer made to Martin Gilbert’s groupie and wife. It was 2005, Martin was ...

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    Nicky and Barbara Winton