For Archive Users

The Churchill Archives Centre is now closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are still able to offer a limited remote enquiry service and can be reached by email at archives@chu.cam.ac.uk. Do also check out our existing online resources here. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as is possible and wish you and your families all the very best.

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The Churchill Archives Centre is a world-leading collection of 20th Century history.

Getting started

Frequently asked questions on visiting the Archives Centre, our collections, and obtaining and using copies from the archives.

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Visit us

A practical guide to visiting and using the Archives Centre, including opening hours, services, access guidelines and rules.

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Our collections

Discover a wide range of documents by more than 570 political, military & scientific luminary figures from the Churchill era and beyond.

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Online resources

Some of our collections, exhibitions and filmed events are now online.

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Contact us

Where to find general contact details for the Archives Centre as well as for individual members of staff.                                                                   .

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Events and exhibitions

Details of our upcoming public programme of events, exhibition loans and group visits.

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Education

Our collections are a valuable resource for students at all levels. We are happy to receive school groups as well as individual students and teachers.

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News & blog posts

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Archives Centre and explore our collections through our blog posts.

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Image gallery

A range of our collections are available to view on the Churchill Archives Centre Flickr account.

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Get involved

The Churchill Archives Centre relies on the support and generosity of trusts and individuals.

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About the Archives Centre

The Centre exists to preserve and make available the raw material of our recent past.

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“The aim of this venture is to make the College a major centre of historical research into what might be termed the Churchill Era, where scholars will be able to find a great mass of inter-related material gathered together under a single roof.” Sir John Cockcroft, Master of Churchill, 14 July 1967

Purpose-built in 1973 to house Sir Winston Churchill's Papers, the Churchill Archives Centre is now home to the papers of almost 600 important political, military and scientific figures from the Churchill era and after. Contemporaries of Winston Churchill sit alongside major political, military and scientific figures such as: Margaret Thatcher, Ernest Bevin, John Major, Neil Kinnock, Admiral Ramsay, Field Marshal Slim, Frank Whittle and Rosalind Franklin.

Situated within the grounds of Churchill College, itself the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston, the Archives Centre is a valuable academic and cultural research hub. Its collections form one of the country’s most important sources for twentieth-century British history. The Archives Centre's mission is to preserve and make available to the public the unique materials in its care.

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Stay up to date with history

Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

@harchivist Hi Samantha, Just to clarify...we are currently providing up to an hour of research for free. We are al… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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@adriangphillips Not yet I'm afraid @adriangphillips ...hopefully it won't be too much longer, but for now we are a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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🎺Announcing🎺.....'A Veritable Volcano' - The Life and Legacy of Admiral Lord ‘Jacky’ Fisher (1841-1920) online even… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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VE Day and the Churchill Archives Centre

The Archives Centre and its staff have been supporting various events and initiatives to mark VE Day on 8 May.

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@harchivist @AllenPackwood @ChurchillCol Hi Samantha, we assess orders on a case-by-case scenario as all files are… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Be a part of history with the Churchill Archives Centre

Are you aged 11-16 and currently locked down at home due to Corona Virus? This is your chance to be part of history.

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We didn’t get to use our refurbished reprographics room much before lockdown... but NOW we can! We’re currently wor… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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The results are in! Our diary competition winners are here

 The Archives Centre is delighted to announce the winners of its diary competition capturing life in lockdown.

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📣Archive research and copying service update...We are currently able to provide up to 1 hour research for free, and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Cold Storage during Lockdown

Although we have all been working from home, the collections in our storage areas have to be physically checked now and then and maintained in a safe state.

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Archives Centre newsletter - June 2020

Latest news from the Archives Centre.

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What we learnt from thermal imaging in storage areas

In 2015 we discovered that the maintenance department at the College had a thermal imaging monitor.  Out of interest, we borrowed it for a short while to have a look ...

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