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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 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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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.

A very sunny, frosty morning behind the new wing of the Archives Centre at @ChurchillCol ☀️🌞
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#OTD 1939, The Soviet Union invaded Poland without declaring war, having made a pact with Nazi Germany. Churchill w… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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A 50th anniversary for Churchillian-led student representation case

This year is the the 50th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1969, in which Churchill College played a key part

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Image: Press Agency photographer - media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//… is photograph HU 106376 from the collections of the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Disaster Training Day at the Churchill Archives Centre

What the conservators make us do when nobody's watching ...

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Dr Eve Colpus

Report on the research of one of our latest Archives by-fellows.

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"We should tweet this as it shows that archivists are creative." 🧐 It does! This family tree of William Bull M.P… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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RT @ChurLibrary: The Freshers’ Scavenger Hunt is coming up on Thursday 10th Oct! Join @ChuArchives and @ChurLibrary at 2pm in the Wolfson F…
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The Papers of Sir Robert Edwards (2)

More on the papers of Professor Sir Robert Edwards

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Canon Duckworth's timepiece restored in the Archives Centre

Angus Mackay (G70) and Dan Moore (G67), former members of Churchill College Boat Club, have donated the recently discovered Canon Duckworth rowing timer to the Churchill College Archives Centre.

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Calling all @ChurchillCol Freshers - on Thursday October 10th @ChuArchives is holding the Freshers' Scavenger Hunt,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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The Papers of Sir Robert Edwards

The opening of the archive of Professor Sir Robert Edwards, IVF pioneer

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