Heroic Chancellor: Winston Churchill and the University of Bristol 1929–65


David Cannadine


In January 2015, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the most extraordinary and heroic figure ever to be closely and directly associated with it, the University of Bristol arranged and hosted a series of public lectures.

The historian David Cannadine was invited to speak on one aspect of it, which had a particular local appeal and domestic resonance, namely Churchill's long years and his diverse activities as Chancellor of the University, extending from 1929 until 1965. Not only was Churchill the most illustrious and the most distinguished Chancellor that the University of Bristol has ever had, but he was also in his prime, from 1940 onwards, probably the most famous and the most distinguished chancellor of any university anywhere in the world.


  • Introduction
  • 1. ‘Uneducated’ Chancellor
  • 2. Appointed Chancellor
  • 3. Apprentice Chancellor
  • 4. Wartime Chancellor
  • 5. Opposition Chancellor
  • 6. Premier Chancellor
  • 7. Sunset Chancellor
  • Conclusion


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