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.

New Churchill diary

Churchill's 1918 desk diary sees the light of day

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Dr Warren Dockter examines Churchill’s relationship with the Islamic world in his new book

On the hundreth anniversay of the Gallipoli campaign, one of the bloodiest battles of World War One and often referred to as 'Churchill's folly,' a new book by former ...

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Conservation of Julian Amery’s Papers

More news from the Conservation lab

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A significant birthday

The 50th anniversary of the Archives Centre's first accession.

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Masterchef comes to Churchill

Churchill College was the setting for the first of the 2015 finale episodes of Masterchef. The five last contestants cooked a five-course dinner devised by leading British chef, Michael Caines ...

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Churchill's scientists

What you can see at the Churchill's Scientists exhibition

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