The Churchill Archives Centre

Safeguarding millions of historic documents, the Churchill Archives Centre preserves history in the raw — a place where the modern history of Britain is open and accessible to all.

Explore our Collections Getting started

The Churchill Archives Centre

Safeguarding millions of historic documents, the Churchill Archives Centre preserves history in the raw — a place where the modern history of Britain is open and accessible to all.

Explore our Collections Getting started

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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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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 & exhibitions

Details of our upcoming public programme of events, current and past exhibitions as well as our online exhibitions and resources.

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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.

Thanks to Bill Stockting and his wonderful team at #RoyalArchives @RoyalFamily for a fascinating and inspirational… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Follow @chuarchives 5 days ago
A Collection of Her Own: The Diaries of Mary Agnes Hamilton

An exciting new addition to our archives on women's history 

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Churchill's Secret Mistress?

Channel 4's Post-Truth Documentary, by Dr Piers Brendon

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RT @ChartwellNT: ‘Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth la…
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Follow @chuarchives 21 hours ago
‘Reflecting on the Great War Today’

Display from this year's Roskill Lecture

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#Archive30: A Month in the Life of the Churchill Archives Centre

Inspired by #Museum30, the Archives and Records Association of Scotland invited archivists from around the world to get involved in a 30-day Twitter challenge. We took part as a team ...

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RT @Tessadunlop: I nominate @ChuArchives as friendliest I’ve ever visited. I looked at work of hotshot in the @foreignoffice 100 years ago.…
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The wonderful world of the record retention schedule .. or how to avoid drowning in paper

This term the College Library team have been turning our attention to preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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RT @ChurLibrary: This afternoon we have been working with Conservator Sarah Lewery and Maintenance Manager Gavin Bateman to photograph our…
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To coincide with #WorldCup2018, our current display features a number of football-related finds from the archives,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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For this week's #BikeWeek, here's a typical image of student life @ChurchillCol in the 1960s! Not much has changed… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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