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Hear behind-the-scenes diplomat's viewpoint
12:14pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Wiltshire
The lessons of history, particularly concerning Pakistan and Afghanistan, will be the topic when Britain’s former Ambassador to the United States, Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG, launches the American Museum in Bath's Inaugural Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture series tonight.
Sir Winston, whose mother was American, delivered his first political address in 1897 at Claverton Manor, now home to the Museum. In his lecture, Sir Christopher will draw on Churchill’s despatches on the conflict raging on what is now the Pakistan/Afghanistan border in the late 19th century.
Sir Christopher is the author of DC Confidential, a chronicle of his time in Washington, and Getting Our Way: 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: The Inside Story of British Diplomacy, which was also a highly-acclaimed BBC TV series. He recently wrote and presented Networks of Power on Sky Atlantic.
“We are delighted Sir Christopher has agreed to deliver the Inaugural Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture,” says Dr Richard Wendorf, the American Museum’s director. “He has a deep understanding of British-American history and relations as well as current world events. His intelligent and controversial views promise to make it a very stimulating evening.”
Sir Christopher Meyer says: “I am honoured to deliver the Museum’s Inaugural Sir Winston Churchill Lecture. Sir Winston, as a young journalist in the late 19th century, made perceptive comments about conflict in what used to be called the North-West Frontier of India. They are entirely relevant to today’s war in Afghanistan and are but one example of how today’s politicians ignore history’s lessons at their peril.”
Tickets for Churchill and the Lessons of History are still available at £20 for Museum members £25 for non-members. To book, and to reserve your seat on the free bus which is running from Bath city centre for the 6-8pm event, call 01225 823014. Wine, soft drinks and canapés are included.