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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.

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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.

Explore our Collections Getting started

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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 & 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.

Women in international life: top 10 archive collections

Part 2 of a series exploring women’s personal papers in the Churchill Archives Centre’s collections

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My Dear Young Woman

Introducing Pam Powell

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Nevertheless, She Assisted: Top 10 Archive Collections belonging to partners & secretaries

The first in a new series of blogs exploring highlights in the Churchill Archives Centre’s women’s history collections

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We have some interesting new additions to the Enoch Powell papers, including the unexpected sight of him driving a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Mary Churchill loving the #Churchill family #poodle, Rufus, on #LoveYourPetDay, c. 1941 (archive ref: CSCT 5/4/20)… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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We were pleased to supply original photographs of the 'Methane Pioneer' from the papers of Sir Kenneth "High Speed… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Mary Churchill loving the #Churchill family #poodle, Rufus, on #LoveYourPetDay, c. 1941 (archive ref: CSCT 5/4/20)… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Churchill Archive for Schools: a complete online resource for schools

A free online resource which brings the Churchill Papers to school students and teachers across the world. 

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RT @AndrewRiley_: Thank you @HeidiEgginton for the ace new photograph for the header on my Twitter profile. I think she was trying to tell…
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We've been enjoying looking through this impressive list of women who worked at Bletchley today 🗝📈📡 Mavis Batey's p… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Churchill's version of The Favourite

One for all you film fans out there.

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Hunting Pulsars

A new arrival in our astronomy collections

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