Hamblin, Grace Ellen, 1908 - 2002 (secretary to Sir Winston Churchill)
- Existence: 1908 - 2002
Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:
Research papers extracted from the main filing system and later put aside for re-filing, in this case papers relating to the memorial service for Grace Hamblin, former Private Secretary to Winston Churchill and Clementine Churchill and first administrator of Chartwell [Kent] for the National Trust.
Interview with Grace Hamblin, former assistant secretary to Winston Churchill, (1932-38), secretary to Clementine Churchill (1939-45), secretary and administrator at Chartwell [Kent] (1945-65).
Papers relating to the administration of WSC's house at Chartwell, Kent and also dictated Soundscriber recordings made by WSC, mainly when drafting the first volume of his war memoirs, "The Second World War".
Transcript of interview covering subjects including: Grace Hamblin's position and role; WSC's health and mental state ("black dog"); CSC and marriage; the cinema at Chartwell; consumption of alcohol and cigars; WSC's naps and sleep habits; dictation. Includes audio recording.
Subjects include: the launch of the revised version of MS's biography of Clementine Churchill, particularly relating to MS's memories of her mother and to new information about her paternity; the English-Speaking Union; MS's memories of Winston Churchill; a tribute to Grace Hamblin, Private Secretary to Clementine Churchill.
This small collection of papers comprises Grace Hamblin's notes for speeches about her work for Sir Winston Churchill and his family. She recalls getting her position as secretary and what it was like to work for Churchill. Churchill Archives Centre also owns Grace Hamblin's OBE which is on permanent loan to the National Trust, Chartwell.
Includes: article by Michael Wolff on his work on Randolph Churchill's research team for the official biography; William Deakin's Churchill Memorial Lecture, "Churchill the Historian", 1969; article by John Grigg [2nd Lord Altrincham] on Winston Churchill's last two years in power; text of a speech by Grace Hamblin, 1987, on working as one of Churchill's secretaries, particularly on taking dictation, life at Chartwell [Kent] in the 1930s and Churchill's pets.