Churchill and Nuclear Weapons: From the A-Bomb to the H-Bomb

15 November 2016, 5:30pm


What was Churchill’s role in developing nuclear weapons, and in authorising the use of the atomic bomb, and how did his views change over time in response to the Cold War and the terrible destructive power of the H-Bomb?

This will be the subject of a discussion, organized by the Churchill Archives Centre, between the two foremost experts in this area: Dr Graham Farmelo (author of Churchill’s Bomb) and Professor Kevin Ruane (author of Churchill and the Bomb), chaired by Dr Helen Curry.

Date: 15th November 2016, (5.30-7.00pm)

The Churchill Archives Centre holds the personal papers of Sir Winston Churchill, but also those of Sir John Cockcroft, Sir James Chadwick and many other politicians and scientists involved in this remarkable story.


Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Churchill College
Cambridge CB3 0DS

Registration and additional information: This is a free event. Please register for the event here.

(Banner image: 1946 ... Baker Shot- Bikini Atoll 'Operation-Crossroads', flickr; thumbnail image: "Ivy Mike" atmospheric nuclear test - November 1952, flickr)