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Mary Soames Associated Material

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL AS

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to Mary Soames, from other sources.


  • Creation: 1965 - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Mary Churchill was born on 15 September 1922, the youngest daughter of Sir Winston Churchill and Clementine Spencer-Churchill (née Hozier). She was educated privately. She married Christopher Soames [later Baron Soames] in 1947 (died 1987), with whom she had three sons and two daughters.

She worked for the Red Cross and the Women's Voluntary Service, 1939-41, and the Auxiliary Territorial Service, 1941-6, with whom she served in London, Belgium and Germany. She also accompanied her father as aide-de-camp on a number of official overseas trips, including to the Potsdam Conference, 1945.

She accompanied her husband to Paris where he was Ambassador, 1968-72; to Brussels where he was Vice President of the European Commission, 1973-6; and to Southern Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe] where he was the last British Governor, December 1979-April 1980.

She was Chairman of the Royal National Theatre Board, 1989-95, and Chairman of Trustees of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 1991-2002.

She became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1980, and a Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter, 2005. Her other honours include Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, 1983; Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, 1995; Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, 2000; and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom Medal, 2005.

Mary Soames died on 31 May 2014.

She was a prolific writer and her publications include: "Clementine Churchill by Her Daughter" (1979 and 2002); "A Churchill Family Album" (1982); "The Profligate Duke" (1987); "Winston Churchill: His Life as a Painter" (1990); "Speaking for Themselves" (1998); and "A Daughter's Tale" (2011).


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Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and on the Janus website

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of these papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Ann Hoffmann's executor in September 2015.

Related Materials

Mary Soames's own papers are available at the Archives Centre, GBR 0014/MCHL.


This finding aid was prepared by Katharine Thomson, September 2017.


Soames, Mary, 1922-2014, Lady Soames, née Churchill, writer

2017-09-22 12:14:21.530000+00:00
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Repository Details

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