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.

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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.

Explore our Collections Getting started

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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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Visit Us

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

General contact details for the Archives Centre as well as individual members of staff.

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Events & 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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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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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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Stay up to date with history

Take a look at the latest Archives blog entries below.

Peter Brooke will give the next Churchill History Lecture on 'Duncan Sandys and British Decolonisation', Thursday 2… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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'Some people will deny anything, but there are some denials that do not alter the facts.' Churchill, March 1910… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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“The world needs science and science needs women”: Women in STEM at Churchill Archives Centre

The Churchill Archives Centre sits at the heart of Churchill College and our outstanding collections draw researchers from all over the world to the college. Our archives are primarily twentieth-century ...

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Don't forget to book your ticket to the Roskill Lecture on Wednesday 31st January at 5.30pm.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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Update on cold storage at the Archives Centre

No, we still don't use it for ice cream (but then, it is January).

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Stephen Roskill: Scholar-Archivist

In celebration of this month's Roskill Lecture.

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#OTD in 1919, the Paris Peace Conference began. We hold numerous Papers related to the First World War (… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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"Darling Monster"

The letters of Lady Diana Cooper and John Julius Norwich.

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@JesusArchives College Archivist, Robert Athol, writes about the success of research workshops for students, and pl… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
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Florence Horsbrugh’s First World War National Kitchen’s Scrapbook

Florence Horsbrugh's scrapbook: from our guest contributor Churchill MPhil historian Cherish Watton.

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