The Rt Hon. Sir Edward Heath KG MBE

Biographical information on Sir Edward Heath is available via the following website, radio and video links. The information contained in these articles are the authors' views alone and the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation cannot accept responsibility for their accuracy and content.

Online biographies

Wikipedia - biography

Gov.UK - Prime Ministers

Brittanica - biography

Guardian Obituary

BBC History - Historic figures

IMDb - biography

Spartacus Educational

Online video and radio

Jean Monnet Award to Sir Edward Heath Dec 1999 (3rd June 2015

The General Election of Feb 1974 - Lecture by Professor Vernon Bogdanor (28th Jan 2015)

BBC Radio3 Music Matters, Politicians & the Arts, Edward Heath (3rd May 2014)

BBC Radio4 Desert Island Discs, Edward Heath, 18th December 1988

Edward Heath BBC News video biography/obituary (July 2005)

Tony Benn pays tribute to Edward Heath (July 2005)

Wilson vs Heath - The Ten Year Duel BBC4 (2011)

Sir Edward Heath talking on Music (1994)

Sir Ted: A Film Portrait of Edward Heath (18th July 2005)

H M Queen Elizabeth 11, Garter Investiture of Sir Edward Heath (1992)

C-Span (US) interview with Edward Heath on British and International Politics (July 1999)


Edward Heath: The Authorised Biography by Philip Ziegler 2011

ISBN-10: 0007247419 and ISBN-13: 978-0007247417

The Course Of My Life: The Autobiography of Edward Heath 1998

ISBN-10: 0340708522 and ISBN-13: 978-0340708521

Edward Heath: A Biography by John Campbell 1994

ISBN-10: 0224024825 and ISBN-13: 978-0224024822

Edward Heath: Music: A Joy for Life (Classic FM) Reprint 1997

ISBN-10: 1862050902 and ISBN-13: 978-1862050907

Edward Heath: Sailing: A Course of My Life 1975/78

ISBN-10: 028398225X and ISBN-13: 978-0283982255

Edward Heath: Travels: People and Places in My Life 1977

ISBN-10: 0283984147 and ISBN-13: 978-0283984143

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Sir Edward was born in 1916 at Broadstairs, Kent, and educated at Chatham House Grammar School in Ramsgate and Balliol College, Oxford, before serving in the Royal Artillery at home and in Europe during World War 2, and later in the Honourable Artillery Company.

He entered Parliament in 1950 as MP for Bexley, serving in the Conservative Governments from 1951 to 1964 as (successively) a Whip, Chief Whip, Minister of Labour, Lord Privy Seal at the Foreign Office, and Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development.

Sir Edward served under Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Mr Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home, and was Leader of the Conservative Party for 10 years between 1965 and 1975, and serving as Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974, during which he signed the Treaty of Accession in Brussels. He continued to sit in the House of Commons for his constituency, Old Bexley and Sidcup, up to his retirement in 2001, becoming Father of the House from 1992 to 2001.

HM The Queen appointed him a Knight of the Garter in 1992.

Sir Edward's many active interests included a deep involvement and love of music, collecting pictures and other objets d'art, and sailing, especially ocean racing. These activities are all represented in his home at Arundells. He wanted the public to be able to share his enjoyment of it, and he laid upon his Trustees as their primary duty the task of preserving and conserving Arundells and its associated amenities for this purpose. The Trustees are also authorised to use the estate for preserving his papers and making them available to historians and researchers, for the advancement of music, and for setting up scholarships and awards to encourage research and education in history, arts or science.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets will be put back into the Foundation for this purpose and to assist in the running of the house.

Sir Edward died in 2005, and his ashes are interred under his commemorative stone on the south side of the Crossing in Salisbury Cathedral.

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