Archives Centre Closure

Please note that the Archives Centre will be closed from Monday 23 December to Friday 7 February 2020 inclusive.

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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 and 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.

Housing a new Winston Churchill old cigar at the Archives Centre

Catch the latest instalment from our dauntless conservators!

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You STARS! 🌟🤩 Thanks for your help @SedgArchivist @McGowanAlistair @ProfPeterDoyle @GreenGeology @TimPalmerEO
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Empire & Commonwealth: top 10 archive collections

Another in our series of guides to the archives.

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Slightly different from the battle buses of today - here is Winston Churchill's election bus for the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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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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Winston Churchill leaving a house during an election tour of Epping, Essex, in 1935. Did you know that Churchill wa… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Barbara Castle - high profile Labour MP and Cabinet Minister - was among the first to congratulate Margaret Thatche… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Archives By-Fellowship Report 2018: Nebahat Avcioglu

A report from a recent Archives Centre by-fellow on an overlooked section of the Amery archive: the papers of Leo Amery's mother Elisabeth.

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A curious collection in the archives today... we're hoping you twitter boffins and #twitterstorians can help us by… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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