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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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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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A range of our collections are available to view on the Churchill Archives Centre Flickr account.

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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.

‘Your people & mine demand the establishment of a front to draw off pressure on the Russians’: The origins of D-Day

An account of the build up to D-Day by Allen Packwood, Director of the Archives Centre, to accompany the forthcoming exhibition at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum ...

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Churchill Papers more accessible to all thanks to new fund

The creation of a new fund to support public access to the Churchill Papers and related collections at the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge was announced today by ...

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Women in politics & government: top 10 archive collections

The fourth and final instalment in our series on women in the archives.

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RT @ChurchillCentre: LISTEN. Winston Churchill's granddaughter Edwina Sandys discusses her famous grandfather and their mutual love of art.…
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Women in the arts & literary life: top 10 archive collections

The latest in our series on women in the archives.

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"The roads were a solid mass of vehicles, guns, tanks, horses, men...This was a headlong retreat of the worst kind… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Tennis in 1945 looked a bit different to #rolandGarros2019... Clementine Churchill ready for a game, snapped by Qu… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Your #FridayFeeling comes from Mary Churchill this week, head over to our Instagram to check it out 🔗⬇️ instagram.com/p/Bx15CT5HsMM/…
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D-Day: FDR and Churchill’s ‘Mighty Endeavor’

An exhibition at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York from 25 May 2019 to 6 January 2020.

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@BNArchive How about some sportswear for your May Bank Holiday activities? As well as appearing in this Scottish Ho… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Armed with towel and dressing gown, Churchill would have made a perfect pan-galactic hitchhiker! #toweldaytwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Student representation on college committees

A sidelight on college life 50 years ago.

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