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.

Alexander Cadogan Papers

The papers of Sir Alexander Cadogan (including the whisky-soaked bit)

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Randolph Churchill opens Founder and Foundation exhibition

Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, opened a new permanent exhibition in the Foyer of the Wolfson Hall, telling the story of Churchill and the College's foundation.

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New exhibition at the Archives Centre — We Must Save the Children: Cambridge & the Kindertransport

A free exhibition to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Churchill College, Monday 25 – Friday 29 January, 9am  to 5pm.

 

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Churchill Archives Centre By-Fellowship Report — Dr Aaron Donaghy

Dr Aaron Donaghy, Archives By-Fellow, 2015-16, describes his research on the late Cold War era.

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Visit from the US Ambassador

Visit to the Archives Centre by Ambassador Matthew Barzun

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Churchill Papers added to UNESCO’s list of the world’s greatest cultural treasures

Winston Churchill’s vast archive has been added to UNESCO’s International Memory of the World Register — joining treasures such as the UK’s Magna Carta, France’s Bayeux Tapestry ...

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