Press Release: Jack Gillum presented with prestigious Churchill Medallion at London award ceremony

Jack Gillum presented with prestigious Churchill Medallion at London award ceremony


Jack Gillum, a recent graduate from the University of Reading from Knighton, was presented with a Churchill Medallion at a prestigious award ceremony in London (Wednesday 13 June). The medallion was awarded to Jack to mark the successful completion of his overseas research as a Churchill Fellow.

For his Fellowship, Jack travelled to the USA and Canada to investigate the role that civil society can play in the policy making process with a specific focus on the role of young people. Jack has been sharing the learning which he gained from his fellowship with UK organisations and plans to continue that.

Speaking about his Fellowship, Jack said, “My travels overseas gave me innovative ideas for how we can improve the policy making process by doing things differently. Government and civil society do not need to be enemies, they can work successfully in creating better policy for all citizens. Being a Churchill Fellow was a life-changing experience because of it gave me the experience of travelling to the USA and Canada to begin with but then also the opportunity to meet some exceptional organisations which had ideas about how UK organisations could do things differently. I’d urge anyone who wants to make a difference in their chosen field to apply for a Churchill Fellowship.”

The Fellowships were set up in memory of Sir Winston Churchill on his death in 1965, and over 5,400 Fellowships have been awarded since then. Anyone can apply, regardless of age, qualifications or background. Churchill Fellows are funded to travel for 4-8 weeks overseas, researching new ideas that can make a difference to their communities or professions in the UK. Applications are now open until 18 September 2018, for travel in 2019, at

This year’s Churchill Medallions were presented by distinguished photojournalist Nick Danziger, whose career began with a Churchill Fellowship that took him across Central Asia in 1982. This year Danziger presented medallions to 130 Churchill Fellows at the biennial Churchill Fellows Award Ceremony. It was held at Church House, Westminster, which was Winston Churchill’s temporary office during World War Two.

Churchill Medallion

The Churchill Medallion itself is a unique piece designed by world-famous glass artist Professor Brian Clarke, himself a Churchill Fellow of 1974. He is particularly noted for his architectural and stained glass. It features a digital image of Winston Churchill in striking blue cloisonné enamel on a solid silver disc, with the Fellows’ name engraved on the reverse. Clarke explains: “The digitised image of Sir Winston is drawn from the iconic portrait by celebrated photographer Yousuf Karsh, taken in 1941. It is intended to glow with the reflected light of the silver, through the transparent vitreous enamel.”

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Notes to editors

To speak to Jack Gillum, contact

Further information about Jack, including his report, is available from

For more photos from the award ceremony, contact 020 7799 1660 or

Churchill Fellowships

Churchill Fellowships offer a life-changing opportunity for UK citizens to research innovations worldwide and make change happen when they return. They are awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, a UK charity.

Applications are now open for the Churchill Fellowships, and are available across 12 award categories, which address current challenges facing the UK.

Churchill Fellows are fully funded to research new ideas and best practice overseas for 4-8 weeks, in topics and countries of their own choice. Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen aged 18 or over.

Applications can be made online at Deadline for applications is 18 September 2018.

Nick Danziger

Nick Danziger was born in London but grew up in Monaco and Switzerland. In 1982, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, and used it to follow ancient trade routes, travelling on foot or by traditional local transport from Turkey to China, documenting his adventures in diaries. The diaries and photographs formed his first book, the best-selling Danziger’s Travels in 1987.

He has since travelled the world taking photographs and making documentary films, and has become one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists. His photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, and toured museums and galleries internationally.

For more on Nick Danziger, visit

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