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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.

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 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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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.

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Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

This weeks #hiddengem is the Ralph Bagnold collection. Brigadier, geophysicist and a pioneer of desert exploration. janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id…
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The Papers of William Bull

A rather unusual diary.

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First in a series of blogs on #womeninthearchives Barbara Hepworth's correspondence about Four Square (Walk Through… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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Weird things found in the Archives (1)

Christmas comes early around here.

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Our new display featuring previous Spring Ball posters has just been put up outside the college dining hall… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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The Papers of Sir Aaron Klug

The President's papers are open!

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#ThrowbackThursday here's a couple of pics. of the 2007 Spring Ball poster, 'Back in the Day' Ref: Churchill Colleg… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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"Always be on guard against tyranny, whatever shape it may assume" - Sir Winston Churchill #WinstonWisdom
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Maurice Hankey: ‘Man of Secrets’

Maurice Hankey, the first of the Cabinet Secretaries.

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"Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured." - Sir Winston Churchill #wednesdaywisdom #WinstonWisdom
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