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.

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Frequently asked questions on visiting the Archives Centre, our collections, and obtaining and using copies from the archives.

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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 information for group visits and exhibition loans.

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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.

Get yourself to an archive with Churchill collections that can do it all.. #dollypartonchallenge
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Churchill College appoints new IT Director

We are excited to announce the appointment of Stephen Hanley-Doyle as our new IT Director.

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The Papers of Admiral Ramsay @ChuArchives comprise 20 boxes which include lots of material relating to the First an… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Bad News Game wins the Brouwer Prize

Two Churchill Fellows are part of a team that has been awarded the prestigious Brouwer Prize from the Royal Holland Society of Sciences.

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A real behind the scenes interview for the #BDOHP today, with Gill Bennett, the former FCO Chief Historian herself!… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, who died in 1965 at the age of 90. [WHCL/CSCT]
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R is for...Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, the Allied Naval C-in-C Expeditionary Force for the D-Day landings in Norman… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Professor Andrew Palmer, 26 May 1938 - 20 December 2019

Professor Andrew Palmer FRS, FREng, Emeritus Fellow and a leading authority on the mechanics of solids, died on 20 December 2019.

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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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Dr Ronald Ryall, 22 July 1933 – 13 December 2019

Dr Ronald Ryall, Emeritus Fellow and a specialist in pharmacology and neuroscience, died on 13 December 2019.

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And we couldn't miss an excuse to share "Bomb-proof Bella", from Admiral Ramsey's time as a Flag Officer commanding… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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