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 Latest news & blog posts

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 Latest news & blog posts

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.

Secretary of State for Culture visits Churchill Archives Centre

On Friday 29 April, John Whittingdale MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, visited the Churchill Archives Centre.

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Seminar commemorating Sir Geoffrey Jackson

Seminar commemorating the diplomat Sir Geoffrey Jackson.

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The end of Amery

The completion of the Julian Amery archive

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The 16th Stephen Roskill Memorial Lecture to be given at Churchill College on 3 March 2016 by Sir Roderic Lyne

This year's leacture — "Overcoming Enmity: The Evolution of British-Irish Relations in the 1990s" will be given by The Rt. Hon. Sir Roderic Lyne.

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When Margaret met Clementine

When Margaret met Clementine - and two archives collided.

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Keep on Dancing

‘Keep on Dancing’: a catalogue of the papers of Sarah Churchill

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