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

Welcome to Sir Martin Gilbert’s website.

The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century.

A celebration of Sir Martin’s life and his work, his passion, his philosophy, his favourite haunts, his humour and his humanity. Sir Martin is a scholar and an historian who, through his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as “true history”.
“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.”

  • Eighty years on from the “Big Week”

    Photo:  American bombing of German industrial sites, February 1944 Follow the new Spielberg series “Masters of the Air” with your copy of Sir Martin’s Second World War Atlas, with maps such as “The United States ‘Big Week’ Bombing Offensive, 19-...

  • “One Life” – and then another

    Photo: The cover of the new edition of Barbara’s biography of her father, and the film of the same name. 350 words / 1 ½ minute read In 2013 Sir Nicholas Winton wrote this Preface to his daughter Barbara’s book “If It’s Not Impossible”: “I have ...

  • Nicholas Winton’s List

    Photo: The surnames of children Nicholas Winton brought to Britain 350 words / 1 ½ minute read To help Jewish children in Czechoslovakia, the Children’s Section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia had been formed immediately after the German...