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.

About the Archives Centre

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.

About the Archives Centre

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

“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 Marshall 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.

Our collections

With a fascinating array of documents by almost 600 important political, military and scientific figures, our collections are a rich insight into the Churchill era and after.

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Our collections

With a fascinating array of documents by almost 600 important political, military and scientific figures, our collections are a rich insight into the Churchill era and after.

View the collections

Stay up to date with history

Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

Boris visits but not to play bridge

Boris Johnson visits the Archives Centre.

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26 March 1964: First Dinner in Hall

50 years ago, on 26 March 1964, the first dinner in Hall took place.

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In Memory of Hugh Lunghi

Hugh Lunghi, one of the last surviving participants of the “Big Three” wartime conferences, has died, aged 93.

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Symposium to commemorate Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

A symposium to commemorate Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, The Forgotten Architect of Dunkirk and D-Day was held in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, on Thursday 6th March.

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Watch the 2014 Roskill Memorial Lecture: Jonathan Fenby

On February 20th, 2014, Mr Jonathan Fenby CBE, China author and expert, spoke on the topic: 'China's Unfinished Revolution - Why the People's Republic will not rule the world.'

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Enoch Powell and the “European superstate”. Plus ça change …

This month sees the 40th anniversary of the 1974 General Election, which resulted in the first hung parliament since 1929, when only four seats separated the Conservative Government, led ...

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