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The Papers of Sir Martin Gilbert

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GLBT

Scope and Contents

Comprising Martin Gilbert's correspondence with Robert Hastings of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker (lawyers) and with Churchill College (including Churchill Archives Centre) staff.


  • Creation: 1965 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and one form of photographic identification is required.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Martin John Gilbert was born on the 25 October 1936, the son of Peter and Miriam Gilbert. He was educated at Highgate School then Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1963 he married his first wife, Helen Constance Robinson, with whom he had one daughter. He had two sons with his second wife Susan Sacher, and in 2005 married his third wife, Esther Poznansky.

Gilbert carried out his Army National Service from 1955-1957 before becoming a Senior Research Scholar at St Antony’s College, Oxford (1960-62). He worked as a research assistant to Winston Churchill's son, Randolph S. Churchill, from 1962-67 on the first volumes of the Official Biography of Sir Winston Churchill and, after Randolph's death, became the Official Biographer of Sir Winston's life in 1968.

Gilbert published numerous works including the multi-volume official biography of Sir Winston Churchill. Many of these works are about Churchill and a complete list of publications can be found in Sir Martin's entry in "Who's Who" (A & C Black). He died on 3 February 2015.


2 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and a copy of the catalogue is available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

One file was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 2002 by Claude Sère (GLBT 1/4). A further three files were deposited by Claude Sère in September 2003 (GLBT 1/1-1/3). Four files (GLBT 2/1-2/4) were deposited by the estate of Martin Gilbert with the Churchill Acquired collection (CHAQ) in 2015 (part of Acc 1901).

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Sir Winston Churchill (references GBR/0014/CHAR and GBR/0014/CHUR). An electronic catalogue of the Churchill papers is available at Churchill Archives Centre also holds a "Churchill Additional" collection of Collections of records pertaining to Sir Winston Churchill deposited from a variety of sources (reference GBR/0014/WCHL) which includes a substantial amount of material relating to the compilation of the official biography of Sir Winston.


This collection level description was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2003, using information from Gilbert's entry in Who's Who (A & C Black). It was amended by Allen Packwood in September 2003. Files GLBT 2/1-2/4 were added, and the collection description was amended (including adding descriptions for GLBT 1/1-1/4) in July 2023 by Madelin Evans.


Gilbert, Sir Martin John, 1936-2015, Knight, historian

2003-06-10 14:21:56+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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