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 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.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the latest government update the College is now closed to all but essential staff. If you are a staff member and are unsure about your status, please remain at home and contact your head of department. If you need help with logging into the Staff Area with your Raven ID, please click here.


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.

Visit us

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

Our collections

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

Online resources

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

Contact us

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

Events and exhibitions

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


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.

News & blog posts

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

Image gallery

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

Get involved

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

About the Archives Centre

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

“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.

Empire & Commonwealth: top 10 archive collections

Another in our series of guides to the archives.

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From one scrapbook to another

The scrapbook of Mary Agnes Hamilton: the conservator's view

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RT @ConHistGrp: @Baronessjenkin Yes – it’s from 1931. Back Row: Nancy Astor, Helen Shaw, Mavis Tate, Thelma Cazalet, Sarah Ward, Ida Copela…
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RT @RgsArchives: Day 8 #Archive30 is #ArchiveCelebrations. We sent Winston Churchill a 'contribution' to his birthday present, non dated an…
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H. Florence Horsbrugh and a group of Conservative women MPs outside the House of Commons in 1931 [HSRB 2/2]
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Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna, Archives By-Fellow Report, Easter Term 2019

Our Archives by-fellow for the 2019 Easter Term,  on her work with our wartime code-breaking collections.

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RT @AllenPackwood: Looking forward to doing this. Will have to come up with an appropriate backdrop to hide true state of home working envi…
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RT @Baronessjenkin: Too early for my granny elected in ‘37. @ConHistGrp May know some?…
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Watch this year's Roskill Lecture, "Yalta at 75"

Another chance to see Professor David Reynolds FBA and his band of willing volunteers (aka Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt) recreating part of the Yalta Conference.

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Housing artefacts at the Churchill Archives Centre

A stamp, a cigarette case and a matchbox: a few more challenges for our conservation team!

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Answer time! 1. Winston Churchill 2. Francis Bacon 3. Frank Whittle 4. Clementine Churchill 5. Robert Edwards 6.……
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